The November-December 2018 of the Indonesian Update raises the main theme on the four years of the performance of the Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Jusuf Kalla (JK) administration. The main theme includes the improvement and upholding of human rights under the Jokowi and JK adminstration. In this era, the upholding of human rights has not been a priority. Nevertheles, there have been some progress that should be appreciated, including in the areas of natural resources. economic rights, social rights and justice.
On politics, the Indonesian Update touches on fours issues. The first one is the evaluation on the waste management policy in Jakarta. The second one is border areas and sovereignty in the Jokowi-JK era. This topic is discussed to see how far is the Jokowi administration has realised its campaign promisses to give great attention to border areas. Two other political topics are the International Tolerance Day in the framework of religious tolerance in Indonesia and Indonesia’s renewable energy target.
On the economy, the Indonesian Update discusses the effectivenes of the distribution of KUR. This includes the development of KUR schemes in Indonesia, the orientation of KUR, and the development of the distribution of KUR and the number of SMEs receiving KUR. The other economic topic is the performance of investment in the four years of the Jokowi-JK government.
On social affairs, the Indonesian Update raises three topics. The first one is the prevalence of smoking amingst youth (10-18 years of age) in Indonesia. The second is assessing the four years of the Jokowi administration from the aspect of social safety net. The last topic is the stunting problem. This is to see how deep the presidential candidates understand the stunting issue, and whether they include the issue in their campaign.
The regular publication of the Indonesian Update with its actual themes is expected to help policy makers in government and business environment — as well as academics, think tanks, and other elements of civil society, both within and outside the country, to get the actual information and contextual analysis of economic, legal, political, cultural and social developments in Indonesia, as well as to understand the public policy in Indonesia.