Author(s): Pulse Lab Jakarta
IN the last three years, the COVID-19 pandemic has had profound and unprecedented global effects on multiple aspects in the social, economic, and political spheres. As a result of the world coming to an abrupt halt, many of the advancements we made toward addressing development issues prior to the health crisis have either stopped or regressed. In Indonesia, studies have shown that the pandemic uncovered deeply rooted inequalities in our society that disproportionately affected vulnerable groups, such as women and persons with disabilities, as well as crucial economic contributors, such as micro and small enterprises. On the positive side, the government swiftly developed social and economic support schemes to help them cope and continue contributing to their immediate communities and the economy at large.