Last month, Indonesia's Supreme Court decided to strike down an article in a 2007 regional law that gave the governor of Jakarta the authority to close roads and sidewalks for use by p
Urban Poor & Informal Sector
September 4, 2019
August 22, 2019
The crowded market district of Tanah Abang in Central Jakarta exemplifies the controversy over Jakarta's sidewalks being used by street vendors and kaki lima (food carts).
August 16, 2019
Marvie Chorawan-Basilan – Indonesia recently stopped foreign waste from entering the country but some villagers Bangun noted that "cash for trash" is their way of life – a booming busi
March 11, 2019
Fachrul Sidiq, Jakarta – The general election is still a month away but for some residents the voting has already begun, as on Sunday over a hundred members of the Jakarta Urban Poor N
February 26, 2019
Jakarta – Muara Baru residents have been soaking up oil spills following a fire that destroyed 34 vessels on the coast of North Jakarta.
Fachrul Sidiq, Jakarta – Barefooted, Azis Syahputra and his wife stroll around the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Sunday to collect plastic bottles littered by pa
February 8, 2019
Aleasha Bliss, Bekasi – Every day is Christmas for flies and trash-pickers alike at Bantar Gebang in Bekasi, West Java.
January 18, 2019
The number of unlicensed street vendors in Central Jakarta's Tanah Abang shopping district has been a problem for years, with the area so crowded with sellers on most days that many of
August 6, 2013
Jayapura – Papuan indigenous traders are very worried about the fact that they are not able to compete economically because of the arrival in Papua of immigrants who are 'taking over' t
February 17, 2012
Jakarta – The government says it wants to help more people join the ranks of the nation's 90 million street vendors in order to promote public welfare and economic development.
July 30, 2009
Ade Mardiyati – In the parking area of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Sulastri sits gazing into the distance.
February 15, 2009
Nivell Rayda – "Freddy" – who entered Jakarta's huge pirated video and later pirated DVD market more than 20 years ago – has experienced police raids several times.
September 20, 2008
Dili – National police in East Timor, one of the poorest countries in Asia, are being criticized for a crackdown on snack vendors working a lucrative part of the capital, Dili.
December 6, 2007
Fabio Scarpello – The diminutive Maria Ana Pereira, 28, does not look for excuses.
November 27, 2007
Adisti Sukma Sawitri, Jakarta – Sixty-year-old Sahaya knows well that humans are more frightening than any ghost or haunting spirit.
September 15, 2007
Mark Forbes, Jakarta – "Money mister," are the first words from sweet-faced, five-year-old Lia's mouth as she scampers between cars at a busy Jakarta intersection.
Jakarta – Opponents of the controversial new bylaw banning beggars and street vendors have said the threat of increased poverty across the city should be strong enough to make Jakarta's
September 14, 2007
M. Rizal Maslan, Jakarta – Jreng... jreng.... Dung... dung... dung... Buskers and street children strumming guitars and pounding drums.
September 13, 2007
Jakarta – The Jakarta chapter of the Indonesian Legal Aid and Human Rights Association (PBHI) has urged the Home Ministry not to endorse the new bylaw on public order that bans donating
September 12, 2007
Andi Saputra, Jakarta – The poor will be the ones who will put up the strongest resistance to the new bylaw on public order.
Mustaqim Adamrah, Jakarta – The newly endorsed bylaw on public order that bans donating money to beggars, buskers and street children has been called "absurd" and "ridiculous" by academ
September 11, 2007
Mustaqim Adamrah, Jakarta – The City Council endorsed a new bylaw on public order on Monday, replacing a 19-year-old ordinance and banning donating money to beggars, buskers and street
May 31, 2007
Jakarta – Gang activity in South Jakarta's Kebayoran Lama market will be hard to eradicate since both local authorities and illegal street traders benefited from their presence, a crimi
May 24, 2007
Prodita Sabarini, Jakarta – Jakarta's traffic lights inevitably show a bleaker side of the city.
October 17, 2006
Anissa S. Febrina, Jakarta – It was a hot afternoon last Wednesday in North Jakarta's Kapuk Sawah, a day that would surely test those who were fasting.