Dec 02, 2022 Last Updated 6:29 AM, Nov 29, 2022

Society

Keeping women and babies healthy within an unequal system

Problems of unequal access explain differences in Indonesia’s achievement of child mortality and maternal mortality targets

Quantity but not quality

Indonesia is on track to achieve universal primary education, but questions remain about the quality of education

Politics from below

Street vendors have organised successfully at the local level, but effective national organisation has proved more elusive

Film review: Bitter Honey

Robert Lemelson’s latest documentary film takes his audience inside the lives of the women, men and children living in polygamous families in Bali

Film review: Daniel Ziv’s acclaimed 'Jalanan'

A film that takes the viewer deep into the lives of three people living on Jakarta's margins

Back with a vengeance

Former migrant workers are finding new empowerment in the bureaucratic jungle of legal aid

The paradox of virtual youth politics

Social media promotes political engagement among youth, but at the expense of accurate information and real-world political effects

KITLV Reading Room gone, collection remains

The Institute will continue to operate without its famous reading room

Faultlines and fractures

HIV/AIDS is spreading rapidly because of the profound inequalities that afflict Papua

My eyes may be blue, but I am Indonesian

The different and difficult experiences of Eurasian Indonesians

Chinese whispers: The art of reflection

Essays and Fiction is a new series of writing in Inside Indonesia that aims to give voice to more personal stories about Indonesia. We welcome submissions in the form of reflective pieces, fiction, artwork, or essays about travel and fieldwork experiences.

Famine and fraud

A story of mass starvation tells us much about media coverage and local government in Papua

Challenging times for big tobacco

Can the industry’s political and financial resources continue to stall important regulatory change?

Balancing business

Indonesia’s unions are engaging in electoral politics in unprecedented ways in an attempt to balance the influence of business

Review: Surabaya-style football fandom

Junaedi gives a rare insight into Indonesia's football culture

Jokowi for President? No!

Riverbank settlers love Jokowi, but they don’t want him to become president

Wasted talent

Returned migrant workers have much to offer, but have trouble achieving recognition for the skills they’ve developed abroad

Dancing against violence

Not even Mount Kelud erupting could stop Yogyakarta's activists from standing up against violence to women as part of One Billion Rising

Running in style

A new bug for running points toward a new politics of lifestyle

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