Perkumpulan Prakarsa believes that the welfare of citizens is a goal as well as a means of advancing a nation. Strategic issues regarding human development such as health, education, social security, and employment are central to welfare policy.

Perkumpulan Prakarsa believes that poverty is not just a matter of shortage, but also covers the issue of justice. Poverty is not sufficiently measured only in economic terms, but is multidimensional. Poverty is deprivation of human capabilities. We therefore calculated the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). The issue of inequality is also wider than economic disparity because it involves access and opportunity. Inequality occurs because redistribution policies and instruments are not working well. Therefore we also conduct research and advocacy policies on entrepreneurship, employment, financial inclusion, and vocational education.

Perkumpulan Prakarsa has published several books and produced various papers and articles on welfare policy reform, including Mimpi Negara Kesejahteraan (2005) and Hacking the Direction of New Social Policy in Indonesia (2009) which became a textbook in universities. Perkumpulan Prakarsa is now bringing down the great ideals of the welfare state in studies, research and advocacy on welfare policy reform.