Marking the twenty years of Human Development Concepts, indicators and methods of calculating the HDI in the years 2010 and 2011 were revised to emphasize how the equity, empowerment, and sustainability of expanding choices in the lives of the people at once underline the challenge. If health status was measured by life expectancy at birth, the status of knowledge was measured by the old school and decent standards of living measured by the gross national product (gNP) or gross national income per capita.
Indonesia’s HDI trend in the Human Development Report 2011, Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future seemed to be close to the international trend, but below the average level of HDI Asia-Pacific. IPM Indonesia in the year 2011 at a level of 0.617, going up one level, and is ranked the 124th of 187 countries. Indonesia’s ranking in the HDI 2010, if based on data and methods used in 2011 was the 125th of 187 countries (169 countries in 2010 only).
Although the ratings rise, if they are calculated with the gap, the value of Indonesia’s HDI slumped to 0,504, lost 18,3 percent and shifted eight rankings. This edition of the Indonesian Update raises the main theme on the achievement of the 2011 Human Development Index.
This edition of the Indonesian Update also raises some important topics in the fields of law, politics, and social affairs. On the legal affairs, it talks about the PKDRT Law on hukum. On politics, it discusses the root causes of the Papuan conflict. On social affairs, it talks about the certification and quality of teachers and about the importance of COP-17 Durban for Indonesia.
The regular publication of the Indonesian Update with its actual themes is expected to help policy makers in the government and the business sector, academicians, and international think tanks get actual information and contextual analyses on economic, political, social, and cultural developments in Indonesia.