The Indonesia economy is Immune from the Covid-19 Crisis?

Country/area: Indonesia

Organisation: Katadata Indonesia

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 14 Sep 2020

Credit: Dwi Hadya Jayani, Ahsan Ridhoi

Project description:

Indonesia has anomalous economic growth during the crisis with the world. In the Covid-19 crisis, until the second quarter of 2020, Indonesia’s economy accelerated by -5.32% (yoy). Indonesia’s economy is only one level below Vietnam’s economic growth.¬†However, this is a challenge because the absence of a total quarantine in early 2020 has made Covid-19 cases continue to increase. This could threaten Indonesia’s national economic recovery because the Covid-19 recovery is not optimal. The most affected groups are vulnerable, such as children from poor groups and the elderly people.

Impact reached:

This project provides an overview of Indonesia’s economic conditions that are immune to the Covid-19 crisis. This is because the Indonesian government tends to prioritize economic activity over total quarantine. However, the not optimal handling of Covid-19 will have an even greater impact on the economy, especially vulnerable groups. In this project I describe the economic conditions until the second quarter of 2020 and the impact on children from the poor, the elderly, and businesses.

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  • The Fragile Fate of the Indonesian Elderly in the Pagebluk Period

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  • Business actors are compact without government incentives

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Techniques/technologies used:

  • Make a hypothesis from the project
  • Processing data starting from collecting data from various official sources, cleaning data, and interpreting data
  • Write the data into written form to become a comprehensive data journalism article
  • Create data visualizations using databoks (features from katadata.co.id) and flourish data visualization

What was the hardest part of this project?

The most difficult step of the project is finding data. This is due to problems in data transparency, such as data that comes from official government sources in various countries. In addition, the ability to visualize data is still minimal so that data visualization is limited.

What can others learn from this project?

I can learn to do research on current issues. This can increase sensitivity to the impact that will be generated if the pandemic is not handled properly. Besides that I can learn how to visualize data.

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