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Urban Poor & Informal Sector
January 3, 2023
September 14, 2022
Vania Novie Andini (Intern), Jakarta – The market traders at East Jakarta's Rawamangun Market voiced concern over unpredictable commodity prices that they believe are the direct effect
March 2, 2022
Antara, Jakarta – A total of 160 street vendors in Petak Sembilan, Taman Sari, will be relocated to Glodok market, West Jakarta.
January 22, 2022
Lianne Chia, East Java – In August, 17-year-old Tasya Aprilia Agatha lost her father to COVID-19. It left the family struggling to survive.
March 24, 2021
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
October 2, 2006
Anissa S. Febrina, Jakarta – It was not yet afternoon, but North Jakarta's sun had already exhausted 11-year-old Syaiful last Saturday.
September 12, 2006
Rusman, Bekasi – It was almost midnight on Thursday when people living around the Bantar Gebang dump in Bekasi were woken by a loud roar – a mountain of trash collapsing.
September 11, 2006
Rusman, Bekasi – After three days of sifting through trash to search for the bodies of more victims who may be buried under a garbage slide in Bantar Gebang dump, Bekasi, the police and
September 10, 2006
Rusman, Bekasi – The search for more victims of the huge dump slide east of Jakarta continued Saturday, but the death toll remained at three, with around 20 more people still thought to
July 26, 2006
June 2, 2006
Palembang – Many poor residents have not been listed to receive the monthly cash assistance from the government although a reevaluation of poor families to be registered in the social w
February 20, 2006
Dili – Stray pigs roaming free in East Timor's capital are a disgrace and must be dealt with before they affect foreign investment, Foreign Minister Jose Ramos Horta said Monday.
February 14, 2006
Padang, West Sumatra – More than 200 sidewalk vendors staged a protest at Padang City Hall on Monday, demanding that the city's public order personnel stop abusing them during raids.
July 25, 2005
Thousands of residents living in the vicinity of Bojong dump in Bogor and students from Bogor universities gathered on Sunday in a mass prayer to object to the trial operation of the du