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

Informal Sector

The triumph of jamu

The triumph of jamu

European interest in Indonesian traditional healing has had its ups and downs, but in Java jamu reigns supreme, as it has for a long, long time

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Religious Bandung

Religious Bandung

Bandung’s government opts for a religious program that matches the city’s character

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American dreams

American dreams
Undocumented Indonesian migrant labourers - known locally as kuli dollar - work long hours in difficult conditions in search of prosperity in Philadelphia
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Prison cum hostel?

Prison cum hostel?

A political economy of drugs thrives inside one of Indonesia’s most notorious prisons

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Living like kings

Living like kings

Working-class Singaporeans travel to Indonesia’s Riau Islands in search of a fantasy built around sex.

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Latest Articles

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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