The Jakarta Provincial Government will soon prohibit the use of ondel-ondel as a means of busking in order to protect its status as a cultural icon in the Indonesian capital.
Urban Poor & Informal Sector
March 24, 2021
February 19, 2021
Antonia Timmerman, Jakarta – The stench is overpowering, and it only gets worse as you approach the biggest landfill site in Southeast Asia.
February 5, 2021
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – It was 8pm on one of the busiest intersections in western Jakarta. Three men in metallic paint from head to toe stood on the footpath.
November 12, 2020
Jakarta – The COVID-19 health crisis is said to have driven up the number of manusia perak (silver human), a kind of street performer covered in silver metallic paint armed with a cardb
May 12, 2020
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Jakarta is home to some 10 million people, many of whom live in cramped, adjoined houses or in informal settlements with shared toilets.
May 9, 2020
Suherdjoko, Semarang – A family of three in the city of Surakarta in Central Java lived and slept on a becak (pedicab) for a month after the breadwinner, 30-year-old Dul Rohmat, lost h
April 28, 2020
Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has set up a number of homeless shelters across the city as the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak forces some hard-hit residents to
April 16, 2020
Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – Siti Patonah and her third-grader daughter, who live in a slum in South Jakarta, spend most of their time crouching together in front of her handphone these day
Sausan Atika, Jakarta – A few days after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo issued the order to stay, work and study at home in mid-March to curb the spread of COVID-19, residents of a low
April 5, 2020
Sausan Atika, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration's sluggish delivery of crucial social assistance funds in response to the COVID-19 outbreak is putting the city's underprivileged cit
April 3, 2020
Farida Susanty and Markus Makur, Jakarta/West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara – Physical distancing, closed shops and empty roads have changed the daily activities of Tedy Abdullah, a 27
March 19, 2020
Apriza Pinandita and Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Doris Sianturi, 40, a street vendor from North Jakarta's district of Pademangan, has stayed home for the last five days.
September 4, 2019
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
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
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
Jakarta – Muara Baru residents have been soaking up oil spills following a fire that destroyed 34 vessels on the coast of North Jakarta.
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.