COVID-19

Article
28 May 2021

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Bu Neni[i], who  sells food and has a food stall opened in front of her house, now spends most of her time taking care of her grandchildren at home. Especially after her grandchildren's school activities were temporarily dismissed due to the pandemic, both Bu Neni dan her grandchildren have never stepped outside of their house

Article
27 May 2021

The government is providing direct cash transfer (BLT) to the community groups most affected by the pandemic: the poor, informal workers, and online transportation business actors. What are the mechanisms for data collection and assistance distribution? SMERU’s recommendations are as follows.

Article
27 May 2021

SMERU’s responses to free electricity and discounts (Regulation in Lieu of Law, or Perppu, No.1/2020): The policy has not reached the people who need the assistance and has the potential for wasteful consumption of electricity.

Article
27 May 2021

SMERU’s responses to the implementation of Pre-employment Card program (Perppu No. 1/2020): The program should be directed at strengthening the efforts to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as training programs for health workers, volunteers, and micro- and small-scale enterprises (MSEs).

Article
27 May 2021

What can the government do to help micro- and small-scale enterprises (MSEs) affected by COVID-19 pandemic? Here are the recommendations from SMERU.

The government needs to provide assistance/incentive for MSEs. Consequently, there needs to be a single MSEs database which can be integrated with the Integrated Social Welfare Data (DTKS). With such data integration, the assistance/incentive will reach the target beneficiaries, namely MSEs run by the poor.

Publications
06 May 2021

In some regions in Indonesia, efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have been followed by the distance learning policy. As a result, teachers and students are required to be able to adapt to changes in the teaching-learning process. In practice, however, the implementation of the policy varies greatly and is influenced by many different factors. One of the factors that influence the implementation of distance learning is access to communication devices.

Publications
05 May 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic-induced economic crisis has affected the labor force in Indonesia. A number of workers have been furloughed and even laid off, as the crisis has caused disruption to companies’ operations. There are six economic sectors with the potential to be heavily impacted by the pandemic, namely accommodation and food service activities, trade, transportation and storage, construction, manufacturing, and other services activities.

Publications
03 May 2021

  
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Publications
03 May 2021

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is expected to infect millions of people all over the world. The economic impact is expected to be large and can lead to a global recession. Millions of people will be pushed into poverty. In this paper, we estimate the impact of COVID-19 on poverty in Indonesia. One projection puts 1.2 million people in the country would eventually be infected. The economic impact is also expected to be severe.

Article
13 Apr 2021

Highlights

  • The World Bank projected that Indonesia’s economic growth rate in 2020 will only reach 2.1%. In the worst-case scenario, the growth can even drop to −3.5%.
  • SMERU’s simulation results show that the 2020 poverty rate will reach 12.4% (an increase of 3.2% from the poverty rate in September 2019). This means that there will be an addition of 8.5 million poor people.

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