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Newsletter December 2020 | It's a Wrap!

Dear readers,

As we wind down the year and take well-deserved breaks, we recharge our batteries for next year’s challenges. Millions of livelihoods remain on the line. Indonesia has entered a recession, the first in over 20 years.

Let me share some policy issues that CIPS will address in 2021. You can personally contribute and every one of your Rupiah or Dollars will be matched by a generous donor who has agreed to match donations up to $50,000! If you donate, you’ll also be part of our membership circles and receive special policy updates and benefits.

In 2021, we will continue to push back against rates of poverty that have risen as a result of the pandemic.

  • Increased agricultural productivity and farmer livelihoods. CIPS will start working on a roadmap for Indonesia’s agriculture that still struggles to adopt inputs and technologies for higher yields and quality.

  • Economic opportunities in Indonesia’s digital economy. The digital economy needs to remain an ethical and open space. CIPS aims to promote co-regulation approaches to ensure policies are sound and up-to-date as the sector continues to evolve.

  • Education quality. CIPS promotes policies that support the improvement of school management and education quality. Students need to graduate with skills that meet the needs of future employers.

Now let me get back to the year 2020 that most of us want to strike off our calendars. Despite the challenges, we were continuously thrilled by the performance of our team. Let me share some highlights!

In line with CIPS’ policy recommendations, horticulture imports have become easier. Indonesia now also recognises the role of imports to ensure Indonesia’s food security.

In line with recommendations in our policy paper, the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs has provided more authority for school principals to determine how to manage their funds, teaching methods, and curricula.

Legislators discontinued discussions on an Alcohol Prohibition Bill that CIPS has strongly and publicly opposed for years.

CIPS has provided inputs to the National Digital Economy Framework drafted by the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs.

This year, to date, CIPS has reached and engaged more audiences than ever before!

  • People have so far downloaded and viewed our policy briefs and papers over 100,000 times in 2020, a record-breaker for us!

  • Our policy messages have been covered by 1,350 media articles, exceeding last year’s coverage.

  • 4,812 people have joined us in 35 events and webinars we held this year.

It is incredibly meaningful for us in the CIPS to be dedicating our work to see Indonesians become more prosperous and free.

We cannot continue to make these achievements without donations. If you support our mission and would like to see us create more impact in Indonesia, please do consider making a donation to CIPS this holiday season! Remember that your gift will be matched by a grant from another donor.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Salam hangat,

Rainer Heufers

Executive Director

Center for Indonesian Policy Studies


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