Assessing the Effectiveness of Direct Cash Transfer Program

COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia has resulted in a socioeconomic crisis impacting all levels of society, especially the 40% group of people with the lowest welfare level. To deal with the crisis, the government has implemented social safety net (JPS) programs which include, among other programs, the direct cash transfer. An important question would be how effective the implementation of various programs are carried out by the government, both at national and regional levels.

On 30 April 2020 Widjajanti Isdijoso, Director of SMERU, was invited as one of the speakers at Ngobrol@Tempo, an online talk show themed “Assessing the Effectiveness of Direct Cash Transfer Program”. The other speakers at the talk show were Secretary General of the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs Hartono Laras and Mayor of South Tangerang, Banten Province, Airin Rachmi Diany.

In the talk show, Ibu Widjajanti revealed the complexity of data collection of the government’s social assistance beneficiaries, especially related to updating the data of beneficiaries by local governments. Adding to the complexity of the problem are the specific characteristics of the crisis, the impact of which has caused people—who were not included in the list of the 40% of the lowest welfare groups—to become the new poor.

What are the conclusions of the talk show?

Watch its recording here


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