Designing better childcare for women, childcare and inclusive recovery in urban Indonesia and beyond

Designing better childcare:
There is growing recognition that childcare is not only a private responsibility but one that can and should be shared by government to the benefit of children, women, families and society. Investments in high-quality, accessible, affordable early childhood education and care has high payoffs for children, women, families and society.

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  • Seminar 'Good Practice Guidelines for Employer-supported Childcare'
  • About the seminar:

    Whether to have children and who will look after them are personal decisions influenced by many factors, ranging from cultural beliefs and norms to economic circumstances. However, even a decision made at family level can have broader implications. Childcare arrangements affect the working lives of women, the child’s development, and jobs in the care industry. Thus, there is a growing recognition that the care of children is not only a private responsibility, but a shared one.

    On 24 May 2022, Prospera, in collaboration with the Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE)/Investing in Women (IW) and the Centre for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS), held a hybrid webinar entitled Knowledge Share and Discussion on Good Practice Guidelines for Employer-Supported Childcare. The event aimed to share the results from a diagnostic study on childcare provision in Indonesia, disseminate good practices for employer-supported childcare, harness feedback on the findings and good practices, and discuss the way forward with participants.

    More than 70 people, including representatives from the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (MoWECP), the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs (CMEA), the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Australian public service agencies, think tanks, development partners and private sector companies, joined the seminar and participated actively in breakout group discussions.

    Time: 24 May 2022

    Bimbika Sijapati Basnett (Head of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, Prospera)


      • Tim Stapleton, Minister-Cousellor, Head of Economic, Investment and Infrastructure Branch, Australian Embass, Jakarta
      • Eni Widiyanti, Assistance Deputy Gender Equality, Indonesian Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (KPPA)
      • Rohika Kurniadi Sari, Assistant Deputy for Child Rights Fulfilment, Kementerian Pemberdayaan Perempuan dan Perlindungan Anak
      • Maya Juwita, Chief Executive Officer of IBCWE
      • Melissa Yeoh, Senior Strategic Partnership Specialist at Group Sustainability and Communication from Golden Agri Resources
      • Keiko Nowacka, Senior Social Development Specialist, Asian Development Bank
      • Sumitra Mishra, Executive Director of Mobile Creche in India
      • Vina Adriany, Head of Centre for Gender and Childhood Studies, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia
      • Yulida Pangastuti, President Director, Tulodo
      • Felippa Amanta, Head of Research, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS)
      • Usha Adelina Riyanto, Research Analyst Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion, Prospera



    Event Summary: Seminar on public-private partnerships in childcare (here)

  • Webinar ‘Towards Quality and Affordable Childcare for all in Indonesia’
  • About the webinar:
    ‘Quality childcare’, or the care and supervision of a child or multiple children, has clear economic benefits to women, children, families, and society. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated long-standing problems associated with inequalities in the division of unpaid work. An inclusive recovery will require investment in more, affordable, and quality nonparental childcare. Multiple efforts are underway to address this gap. This two-day webinar brought together Government of Indonesia representatives with experts from around the world. Participants shared efforts underway in Indonesia, learned about global and peer country experiences of public policy for childcare, and identified lessons and priorities for Indonesia.

    Time: 14 and 15 October 2021

    Bimbika Sijapati Basnett (Head of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, Prospera)

    Keiko Nowacka (Senior Social Development Specialist, Gender and Development, Asian Development Bank)


    Day 1: Indonesia and Global Perspective

      • Ayu Sukorini, S.E., M.A. (Secretary of the Fiscal Policy Agency, Ministry of Finance)
      • Tim Stapleton (Minister Counsellor – Economic, Investment and Infrastructure, Australian Embassy, Jakarta)
      • Samantha Hung (Chief of Gender Equality Thematic Group, The Asian Development Bank)
      • Ir. Yosi Diani Tresna, MPM (Associate Planner/Coordinator for Child Protection, Directorate of Family, Women, Children, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Planning/National Development Planning Agency)
      • Eko Novi Ariyanti R.D., M.Sim (Assistant Deputy for the Increase of Participation of Professional Institutions and the Business World, Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection)
      • Kate Shanahan (Senior Social Development Specialist, The World Bank, Indonesia)
      • Deepta Chopra (Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex)
      • Chris Clarke (Economist, Child Well-Being Unit, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD))

    Day 2: Country and Regional Perspective

      • Chris Hogan (Director, Transfer Payments and Childcare, Social Policy Division, Fiscal Group, Australian Treasury)
      • Sudeshna Sengupta (Independent Researcher from India)
      • Valeria Esquivel (The International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva)
      • Dr. Muhammad Hasbi (Director of Early Childhood Education, Ministry of Education and Culture)
      • Maya Juwita (Executive Director, Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE))
      • Anita Neville (Senior Vice President, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR))
      • Katja Freiwald (Regional Programme Manager, WeEmpowerAsia, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific)
      • Vincent Somville (Associate Professor, NHH Norwegian School of Economics)
      • Dewi Meisari (
      • Wiwiek Tri Wulandari (teacher at ECEC in Jakarta)
      • Dian Ekowati (mother of two young children, PhD student at University of Brighton, researching gender and care economy)


    Day 1

    Day 2


    Policy For Childcare In Indonesia: Bringing together the pieces of the puzzle and filling the gaps (here)


    Video showcasing voices of integrated childcare-preschool administrator, caregiver, woman care user (PAUD and Daycare Bocah Pintar, Central Java) (here)