Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Gender on the agenda for Indonesia’s social protection policies

Inflation cuts across social and economic groups. But it leaves deeper wounds on those from disadvantaged backgrounds, potentially exacerbating the inequalities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Indonesian government attempts to cushion the impacts of rising fuel and food prices, incorporating a gendered lens in expanding social protection programs is necessary for long-term, sustainable poverty alleviation.

In September 2022, Indonesia’s inflation rate stood at 5.95 per cent, having more than doubled since the end of 2021 amid energy price shocks and surging food prices. In response to this upheaval, the Indonesian government has used its state budget as a shock absorber by strengthening social protection programs in an effort to... Read More