The September Edition of the Indonesian Update raises a main them on the improvement of the family planning villages: celebrating the world’s Contraception Day. This topic is very relevant as the majority of Indonesian provinces still have not managed to achieve the target of having at least on family planning village in every regent or town. This main report will also discuss two success indicators of the success of the family planning villages and also the evaluation points to improve the program.
On politics, the Indonesian Update discusses four topics: the polemics over the voters’ list, the polemics over ex-corruption inmates who will run for legislative positions, political dowries in Indonesia’s elections and the challenges faced by the new head of regions.
On the economy, the Indonesian Update touches on the problems in the sugar industry that threats the productivity of the local farmers. The author argues that the problems need to be addressed to prevent to protect local farmers. The Indonesian Update also talks about the use of B20 biodiesel in this country. Indonesia needs to optimize the surplus of palm oil, as it is one the biggest palm oil producers in the world.
On social affairs, the Indonesian Update discusses the right to religion and beliefs and human rights restrictions. This issue is important, considering the recent blasphemy case involving Meliana that was given an 18-month prison punishment. The concept of the right to religion and beliefs is related to the internum and externum domains and the conditions for the restrictions on human rights.
The regular publication of the Indonesian Update with its actual themes is expected to help policymakers 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.