It’s time for brands to embrace the 'new normal'

After more than three months of partial lockdown, now we enter the next episode of the COVID-19 pandemic called the “new normal”, during which cities, states and countries cautiously open. So, what is the new normal actually? The new nor

Trade without aid: Will it work for Indonesia?

Trade is a powerful engine for economic growth and poverty reduction, but harnessing its power may be difficult for developing and least-developed countries. Most of them face a range of supply-side and trade-related constraints that hinder their a

Trade without aid: Will it work for Indonesia?

Old vaccine, new hope? Give OPV a chance

In an emergency, innovation — not invention — can be a solution. This might be the case with oral polio vaccine (OPV) being used as a potential vaccine for COVID-19.The World Health Organizations’ “Situation Report 15&rdquo

Old vaccine, new hope? Give OPV a chance

Has COVID-19 accelerated smart city initiatives in Indonesia?

While there are numerous definitions of what constitutes a smart city, the crux of the concept lies in using digital technologies to better the lives of its citizens – through improved public service delivery and increased efficiency in govern

No end to South China Sea disputes without code of conduct

A series of events, ranging from social unrest in the United States, Hong Kong and much of Europe to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected more than 15.6 million people and killed over 630,000 of them, should prove that 2020 has so far been a ve

How do we stay healthy and happy? By maintaining our relationships

During times of suffering and hardship, cultivating personal health and happiness might be more important than ever before. I don't see people smiling or hear them laughing in the hospital these days, even in the discharge lounge.What

Nutritional support for children key

Many studies reveal that children are less affected by COVID-19 compared with adults. Globally, children account for about 1-5 percent of infections. However, the incidence rate in Indonesia is a bit higher – about 6-8 percent. Among arising a

The NU way: A conundrum of social inclusion and economic development

The month of July is momentous for the Nahdliyyin, the followers of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest Muslim organization in Indonesia.The founder of NU, Hasyim Asy’ari, passed away about 70 years ago this month. His legacy spanned decades. I

Why Indonesia is the world’s next digital payments battleground

The COVID-19 outbreak has seen the e-commerce sector surge. Despite economic uncertainty, consumers around the world are turning to the internet for the goods and services that they previously would have looked for in-store.In Asia-Pacific, this ha

India’s response to stimulate economy in the face of pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the entire world in a spin and undesirable imposition on all of us. Every government suddenly finds itself in uncharted waters and faced with newer and stranger realities. Across the globe, several governments hav