The August 2021 edition of the Indonesian Update features a main report on vulnerabilities in health and education aspects that are still experienced by Indonesian children today. Vulnerability in the aspects of children’s health and education is influenced by various aspects, especially the socio-economic conditions of the family. In addition, this vulnerability is also due to the problem of collecting data on children; namely birth certificates, because these documents are also related to children’s access to education and health services.
In the economic sector, the Indonesian Update discusses Indonesia’s economic growth in the second quarter of 2021 of 7.07 percent (year on year). This provides fresh air for Indonesia’s economic recovery. Several indicators in terms of production and expenditure showed a positive increase. In addition, we also discuss the benchmark interest rates have decreased aggressively, but have not been followed by the interest rates set by banks.
In the legal field, the Indonesian Update raises the issue of the drafting of the Digital Law Book. The law will regulate various things in the digital world. Next, we discuss the changes to the nomenclature of the restriction rules made by the government during the 2019 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic.
In the political field, the Indonesian Update raises the issue of the establishment of the Special Agency led by the Vice President in the context of synchronization, harmonization, evaluation, and coordination of the implementations of special autonomy and development in the Papua region. Next, we discuss the issue of the National Resource Management Act and efforts to strengthen national defense. In addition, we also discuss the reflection on freedom of religion and belief ahead of the 76th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence.
The monthly publication of the Indonesian Update with actual themes is expected to help policy makers in government and business institutions – as well as academics, think tanks, and elements of civil society, both at home and abroad, to obtain actual information and contextual analysis of economic conditions, political, social, and legal issues in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.