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Jakarta Post

Can democracy counter economic inequality?

Canberra   /   Mon, December 18, 2017   /  12:34 pm
Can democracy counter economic inequality? Urban poor – A resident carries out her daily activities in a slum area in Kapuk Teko, Jakarta. (Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)

Addressing inequality among citizens is one of the most important challenges that democracies like Indonesia faces today. According to a World Bank study, only 20 percent of Indonesians benefitted from the growing economy during the last decade, while 80 percent — or about 205 million people — were left behind. According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), wealth disparity has narrowed slightly in Indonesia. This development is attributed to several matters, including rising earnings among Indonesia’s middle-income segment. Likewise, government-led laborintensive infrastructure projects have played a part in this development. On Dec. 7 and 8, ministers and heads of state gathered in Serpong, Banten for the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF), Indonesia’s foreign policy flagship event. This year the BDF asked, “Does democracy deliver?” Citizens asse...

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