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Jakarta Post

UNDP urges govt to evaluate expenditure, improve social assistance programs

  • Mardika Parama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 7, 2020   /  03:53 pm
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Desperate times: Workers prepare government social assistance at a warehouse in Cipinang, East Jakarta on May 15, 2020. The packages contain staple food and basic commodities to be distributed to low-income families across the capital to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

A United Nations Development Program (UNDP) economist urges Indonesia to evaluate its social assistance program and eliminate ineffective programs amid rising need for social welfare to prevent further economic fallout from the pandemic. The UNDP’s senior economic advisor for Asia Pacific Balazs Horvath on Friday said all governments needed to review their expenditure including social assistance programs to create fiscal space for additional welfare. “It’s not feasible that every country goes out and borrows a huge amount of money. Governments need to have a clear-headed review of their expenditure and revenue policies, and get rid of inefficient policies to create fiscal space,” he said during an online discussion held by the agency. Indonesia’s government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion (US$47.6 billion) to a COVID-19 containment budget, focusing ...