Jul 06, 2022 Last Updated 4:52 AM, Jun 27, 2022

Society

Engaging young Indonesians in politics and the case of WikiDPR

A new volunteer movement is shining a light on Indonesia’s parliament and its representatives

Boosting youth entrepreneurship in creative industries

Campaigns to promote creative industries promise new avenues of entrepreneurship for creative youth, but real career options remain uncertain 

Would I like to be a farmer?

Rural youth in rice-growing villages explain their doubts and aspirations about a future in agriculture

Making their way

Indonesia needs to create better pathways from school to work

Negotiating access

Entering a competitive work environment, young men in Cilegon find their ambitions for employment hampered

Underemployed ambitions

Struggling in their transition from education to work, educated young people in rural Flores are often both dependent on and critical of local social support networks

Aspiring to become a civil servant

Trying to secure a government job, educated youth in Pontianak are rethinking the meaning of work and middle class success

Youth employment prospects and aspirations

Young Indonesians display considerable resourcefulness in coping with difficult pathways into work, but more comprehensive policies are needed to improve their job prospects

A woman’s place

Educated urban youth continue to express gendered work–family expectations

Film review: Tanah Mama

A new documentary about a Papuan woman’s daily struggle to survive opens debate on the grave issues affecting her society

Where to now for the MDGs in Indonesia?

The Millennium Development Goals addressed the basic development needs of Indonesia, but tackling poverty now requires a more complex strategy

A more efficient approach to social welfare?

Jokowi’s fresh approach to social welfare and development will not be without its challenges

Disability data and the development agenda in Indonesia

Indonesia needs stronger data to better include people with disabilities in the post-MDG era

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

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