Jakarta, The PRAKARSA Policy research and advocacy institutions were part of the discussion at the "Dissemination of the Inequality Diagnostic Report for Indonesia" event held by LPEM UI on November 14 2023.
This multidimensional approach to measuring inequality examines inequality in Indonesia through various aspects in a comprehensive manner, starting from economic, employment, social, physical infrastructure, to gender and spatial inequality in Indonesia.
Similar to what was done by The PRAKARSA who sees that measuring poverty cannot only be resolved from economic aspects alone but must be multidimensional. On report Multidimensional Poverty Index which was published last August, we can see the various dimensions needed to see the characteristics of poverty in each region in Indonesia.
On this occasion, Eka Afrina Djamhari, Research and Knowledge Manager of The PRAKARSA said that "evidence like this can be used by policy makers to understand conditions of inequality more comprehensively to serve as a basis for designing more targeted policy interventions," he said.
Measuring inequality and poverty is needed at the provincial, district and city levels. Bearing in mind that regional governments have their own authority to plan the development of their respective regions.
Data availability was also one of the things highlighted during the discussion. This is also something that Eka criticized, "current data from BPS in the National Socio-Economic Survey (SUSENAS), Village Potential Data Collection (Podes) and National Labor Force Survey (SUSENAS) cannot provide data that can be compared." he added
Furthermore, measuring indicators of health inequality should also be able to look at broader aspects other than health insurance membership. However, again, because the availability of health data is also separate and contained in other surveys such as Basic Health Research (Riskesdas), this is a challenge in itself.