Posts Tagged: MDG


More street vendors, less poverty: Indonesian Minister


The government says it wants to help more people join the ranks of the nation’s 90 million street vendors in order to promote public welfare and economic development.

“The level of poverty has been reduced by up to 8 percent due to the existence of street vendors,” Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Syarifudin Hasan Syarifuddin said on Friday.

“Street vendors have an economic potential that should be facilitated and developed,” Syarifudin said as quoted by

The minister he wanted to form a partnership with street vendors that would reduce their antagonistic relationship with public order officers, who often crack down on unauthorized vendors.

“They will be trained and organized and we will also provide a place for them to do business,” Syarief said. 

The bold is my addition. Because holy crap that’s a lot of people. 

Consider that Indonesia’s population is not too much over 200 million people. That means that somewhere around 45% of the population… are street vendors. And he’d like to add more

Can anyone else see what’s wrong with this picture? Because this minister doesn’t seem to. 

These are people with NO insurance, NO health care benefits, NO safety net. Is this the best that the government of Indonesia can do?


(via uncdan85)


Al Jazeera posted a video that discusses the growing population — and poverty — in the world’s fourth-largest nation.

This is a 25-minute segment in English from the weekly program 101 East. It includes scenes of luxury as well as scenes of simple homes in the poorest slums. It also shows the traffic jams! The lack of public transportation (a metro or intra-city train) in the cities is mentioned. Also:

  • Poor urban planning (how about — NO urban planning?).
  • Over-concentration of economic centers on Java.
  • The problems caused by the transmigration policies. 
  • Environmental problems caused by development.
  • Remote communities, such as those on Flores.
  • Lack of access to contraception produces large families.
  • The transition to democracy has weakened family planning.
  • Possibility of food insecurity.
  • Inefficiency of the country’s rice production/yields.
  • The average family spends 70 percent of its income on food!

Excellent videography from a young reporter: Drew Ambrose


A Battle Is Under Way for the Forests of Borneo

Companies cheat the local residents out of land their families have looked after for many generations. The government turns a blind eye to the problems. Is it already too late? 

Source: NPR

The Indonesian forestry ministry takes land away from a U.N. rainforest preservation project supported by the country’s president and hands it to an oil palm plantation company. Business as usual?

A special report by David Fogarty, Asia Climate Change Correspondent; Olive Rondonuwu and Yayat Supriatna in Jakarta; and Harry Suhartono in Singapore. 

SOURCE Reuters 16 August 2011 


Soaring Food Costs Hit Indonesian Families' Budgets

This video report comes from the U.S. TV news program NewsHour on PBS.

19 July 2011 


Indonesian Plant Shows Promise for Male Birth Control

The NewsHour, a U.S. TV news program, reported the success of medical researchers in Indonesia at developing and testing a successful oral contraceptive for men. 

20 July 2011 



Wanted: New Birth Control Choices for Men

There is a new wave of research into broadening male contraceptive options, including a daily birth control pill, and “reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance.

Photo courtesy National Institutes of Health.


Indonesia Series Explores Rising Power's Major Health Challenges

The NewsHour (a TV news program in the U.S.) sent a team of health reporters to Indonesia. This blog post provides a summary of the reports and also links to the videos they produced.

18 July 2011 




"Indonesia’s improvements in maternal, child and infant mortality rates also disguise a number of significant challenges. About a fifth of children under the age of five are underweight. Nearly two-thirds of rural households lack adequate sanitation. And HIV remains a constant threat, especially in eastern provinces."

The challenge is to provide the same level of health services in faraway villages that is available to the people closer to the urban centers.