Universitas Gadjah Mada (above) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has joined the ranks of the world’s top 300 universities in the 2021 QS World Rankings. (Shutterstock)

Higher education

Why countries should leverage universities as a new force in global diplomacy

Higher education institutions have started challenging the role of states as the dominant force in attracting foreign investment – particularly in terms of human talents and technological resources.
Raising premiums for Indonesia’s national insurance – while everything else in the health system is unchanged – is not the best policy option. www.shutterstock.com

Health

Raising national health insurance premiums doesn’t solve Indonesia’s health-care problems: this is what needs to be done

Starting July 1 2020, the Indonesian government will increase almost twice the premiums of its national health insurance to buffer its deficit. However such a move only addresses short-term problems.
Evidence on the efficacy of HCQ/CQ for COVID-19 is very limited at best or even stands on shaky grounds. Manjurul Haque/Shuttestock

COVID-19

Why countries should not promote anti-malarial drugs for COVID-19

Drama on massive production and importation of HCQ/CQ throughout the world has once again served as a reminder that public policy must stand on solid scientific foundation.
Young children pass the time in their riverside shanty town on the banks of the heavily-polluted Ciliwung River. (Dewi Putra/Shutterstock)

Poverty

What can Indonesia learn from past policies to prevent another poverty hike during the pandemic?

COVID19 threatens to reverse years of Indonesia's positive trends in poverty alleviation. We highlight lessons from past policies to prevent another poverty hike during the pandemic.
A child in a poor and isolated village in Rote Island, East Nusa Tenggara. (Shtterstock/Reezky Pradata)

Poverty

Without intervention, model shows COVID-19 will drag at least 3.6 million Indonesians into poverty

Bappenas conducted a simulation to predict how COVID-19 will impact poverty in Indonesia. Without intervention, the pandemic will drag at least 3.6 million Indonesians into poverty by the end of 2020.
Motorists are stopped at the large-scale social restrictions monitoring post (PSBB) on the border road in Bekasi City, West Java, for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to detect COVID-19 infections. Kuncoro Widyo Rumpoko/Pacific Press/Sipa USA

COVID-19

Indonesia to allow 500 Chinese workers to enter the country amid COVID-19 pandemic: why it is a bad move

The decision is further proof that the government still prioritises the economy over its own people's well-being during this pandemic.

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