Nov 28, 2021 Last Updated 2:48 AM, Nov 25, 2021

Economy

The life and death of Indonesia’s mineral export ban

The Jokowi government’s policy shift contributes to pervasive regulatory ambiguity in Indonesia’s mining sector

Stories from Sulawesi

The 2009 mining law and the community benefit in Sulawesi

Resource nationalism as imperialism

Foreign investment in large-scale mining has encountered serious obstacles

Has resource extraction reduced poverty? 

The benefits of more concentrated natural resources are less likely to be spread

Mining and equitable development

Mining dominates East Luwu GDP but development of agriculture underpins equitable development

Small-scale mining in Central Kalimantan

After reformasi, Kereng Pangi, Kalimantan became the site of a gold rush

Mining the land, mining people

Irrespective of location or commodity, peasants now compete with multinational mining companies on the mineral-rich tracts of Indonesia

Multiplier effects on the Bombana goldfields

Benefits ripple outwards but local government struggles to regulate the process

Mining mercury in an Indonesian periphery

Improved market chain monitoring and recognition of sociocultural dynamics are important for central mercury control

Community mining in West Timor

Small-scale manganese mining supports livelihood diversity

From mother to citizen

The New Order actively promoted citizenship of a particular kind for women

Review: Beyond decent work

A new book examines Indonesian labour struggles through the lens of international political economy theory 

Old and poor

Indonesia’s welfare schemes are failing to support older citizens

Book extract: Sarongge

Lontar Modern Indonesia: ‘But that is, after all, the relationship between land and power... Whoever holds power will impose their view.’

Petikan buku: Sarongge

Lontar Modern Indonesia: ‘Siapa yang pegang kuasa, akan paksakan pandangannya tentang bagaimana cara mengatur aset alam itu.’

Safe water at a premium

The UN’s claim that 87 per cent of Indonesians have access to safe drinking water seems exaggerated

In the name of food security

The army’s over-immersion in civilian affairs is being encouraged by its role in food security projects

The Go-Jek effect

Has this phenomenally successful app-based transport service improved the lives of the motorcycle workers it employs?

Food sovereignty and peasant activism

Farmers and would-be farmers in Lombok are fighting a land-rights battle against the tourism industry

Good intentions, mixed realities

Bali’s World Heritage listing has put its rice-farming culture under stress 

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