With tourism making up a relatively small portion of Indonesia’s GDP, investment and household consumption do the heavy lifting in this trillion-dollar economy.
Young people are at a higher risk of mental health conditions when compared to the rest of the population, leading to poorer health outcomes, human rights violations and local and global economic loss.
Women in Rakhine state are doubly jeopardised when the threat of COVID-19 intersects with war.
Reports emerging of anti-communist attacks in cities and rural areas, arrests of activists and union members, and military action in spite of a declared ceasefire.
Is adherence to social restrictions being used as "an uncritical litmus test to judge good and bad citizens?"
Waning philanthropy has exacerbated the risks COVID-19 poses to Southeast Asia.
But there are lessons to be learned.
The success of large-scale social restrictions is heavily reliant on effective coordination.
Economic disasters have a history of bringing down governments in Indonesia; COVID-19 impacts hardest on the disadvantaged in an already fragile system.
From Timor-Leste, 'this is not a friendly letter. You’re like the black storm clouds that block us from seeing the moon.' Dadolin Murak reflects on what humanity might learn from the challenges we are facing.