Apr 09, 2020 Last Updated 6:31 AM, Apr 8, 2020

Help us clean up!

The World Bank has joined the IMF in a huge rescue package. Indonesian non-government organisations (NGOs) presented this memo to World Bank president James Wolfensohn in Jakarta.

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The end of the Asian miracle

The IMF recipe is no cure for Asia's collapsed economies, says WALDEN BELLO. Instead, a people's strategy is emerging that looks to self-reliance and democratic control over capital.

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Peaceful change, now!

We, more than one hundred Indonesian and non-Indonesian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) participating in the International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (Infid), are deeply concerned about the ongoing economic turmoil in Indonesia which many fear may lead to political turmoil as well.

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How to love a country in a time of crisis

Indonesia has been brought to its knees by a small club of crony capitalists, says GOENAWAN MOHAMAD. The IMF deal offers hope because it will weaken their grip on the economy of 200 million other Indonesians.

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From go-go to yo-yo

GERRY VAN KLINKEN traces the spectacular financial events that paralysed the country's business and political elites.

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Friend or foe?

In this snapshot of politics at the end of January, ARIEF BUDIMAN worries that the embryonic alliance between Amien Rais and Megawati remains vulnerable to government attack.

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Java’s waste banks

Apr 06, 2020 - NUZULI ZIADATUN NI'MAH & LENA KELLER-BISCHOFF

Waste bank procedure / Lena Keller-Bischoff

Support and integrity from government and big business could protect informal waste workers

Counterfeit fashion is hot property

Mar 31, 2020 - ALICE SINCLAIR, DANIELE ANTONAGLIA & MAX EAGLES

A vendor sells counterfeit shoes based on designs from Nike and Adidas. Counterfeit footwear is among the most popular items amongst Gen Z Shoppers / Alice Sinclair

Indonesian youth are buying more fake fashion despite some awareness of its harmful impacts

Buried under the weight of a recycling crisis

Mar 31, 2020 - SHELLEY CHENG & GEMMA EDWARDS

A Bangun resident sorts plastic waste

When paper waste imports started began 20 years ago most Bangun residents sold their farms to work as waste collectors for paper mills. Now many are dependent on waste sorting

Photo essay: Jakarta's youth use trash to shape their futures

Mar 31, 2020 - ALEISHA MCLAREN & ALANA RILEY

Dido (17) cuts wine bottles into glasses before adding unique designs by using a sandblaster

The mentors and interns at Ffrash are empowering themselves within the waste economy and striving to better society

Moving toward a circular economy

Mar 30, 2020 - GRACE DESOE, MATHEW PERRY & YI PENG

Plastic waste on Jimbaran beach, Bali / Yi (Annie) Peng

The complexity of plastic waste in Indonesia

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