Show trial offers no justice for Novel Baswedan

The quest for justice has been painfully long and elusive for Novel Baswedan. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator was attacked with acid on April 11, 2017, making him blind in one eye. The subsequent high-profile trial of the tw

Stunting prevention in Indonesia: Strategy, will and collective effort

The real problem with stunting is not its impact on physical stature, but its effect on brainpower. Stunting, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is the impaired growth and development children experience from poor nutrition, repeated

Technologies to boost employee productivity at home

The partial lockdown in Indonesia continues. Several months after the COVID-19 outbreak began, some regions of the countries are still subject to large-scale social restrictions, including business and school closures and limited access to restricte

Pak Nadiem, please send the kids back to school

This article should have been written weeks ago, before the government decided not to reopen most schools and before the academic year began this month.But it may not be too late to ask Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim to reconsider hi

Civil society endowment fund: A call for collaboration

Across the globe, we are experiencing the unprecedented. The world we knew before COVID-19 has been permanently upended. Our lives are forever split in two: before coronavirus and after. In these extraordinary times, philanthropy must respond with e

Tackling inequality pandemic: New social contract for new era

From the exercise of global power to racism, gender discrimination and income disparities, inequality threatens our wellbeing and our future. We desperately need new thinking to halt and reverse it.We often hear that a rising tide of economic growt

ASEAN cooperation to address transboundary haze amid pandemic

Forest fires are a major source of transboundary haze in the ASEAN region. It is particularly pronounced in the dry season during the first half of the year for the Mekong subregion and second half

COVID-19 in East Java: A crisis of awareness

When Jakarta became the epicenter of COVID-19 transmission, other regions, including the East Java capital of Surabaya, lagged behind the capital city in implementing restriction policy.When large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were enforced in G

Orwellian doublespeak clouds discussion over ape and dam

In her recent commentary on the Batang Toru hydro project and the critically endangered Tapanuli orangutan, Emmy Hafild attempts to obfuscate the ongoing debate on apes and dams with the oddly titled article “collaborative sustainable manageme

COVID-19 a wakeup call to do more in protecting children

National Children’s Day, which falls July 23, will not be celebrated like in years past on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Indonesia’s commemoration of the day is themed “Anak Terlindungi, Indonesia Maju” (Children Protecte