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Author(s): Pulse Lab Jakarta / UN Global Pulse


The Government of Indonesia has made significant progress in reducing poverty over the past few years, recording its lowest poverty rate of ten per cent in 2017 measured by income. Many citizens still remain vulnerable given their marginal position above the national poverty line. But how governments go about estimating poverty, in order to better target programmes, has never been an easy task. Today, technological advancements are enabling researchers to use new and efficient methods to learn more about people’s quality of life. In particular, with more and more big data sources emerging, researchers are seeing the benefits of big data analytics for reducing poverty and improving citizens’ well-being. From 15-18 July 2018, Pulse Lab Jakarta research dive brought together academics, public officials and researchers to dive into a few big data sets to develop new methods and insights on burning policy questions around poverty reduction.