Shared responsibilities: Childcare and the workforce

An assessment of childcare offers guidance to strengthen the sector which is vital for children’s learning and women’s workforce participation. Caring for children is ubiquitous but the form childcare takes varies greatly depending on preferences, beliefs, norms and economic circumstances. The early childhood education and care (ECEC) options available to families – and the personal decisions they make – have consequences on individuals and the entire Indonesian economy. Children, women, families and society all stand…


Women and their livelihoods: Sesi Curhat

Women learned skills to protect their businesses from the pandemic at an online fair supported by Prospera. Asri Murtaningsih ran a successful small business in Jakarta before Covid-19 sewing traditional kebaya wedding dresses. But as a result of restrictions imposed to control the virus, all she can do today is make face coverings. Despite this, Ms Asri became the family’s main earner after restrictions forced her husband to stop work as a driver for a…


The social and economic impacts of Covid-19

The arrival of Covid-19 has created unprecedented challenges for the world. In Indonesia, the coronavirus has infected more than a million people since the first confirmed cases in March 2020 and tens of thousands have died. Coronavirus curbs on the economy and society continue to have a shocking impact on human development. After years of progress, poverty is rising again. One in ten people in Indonesia today are living below the national poverty line. Child poverty may increase significantly. The social impact would have been far worse had it not been for government assistance.

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