Towards A More Equal Indonesia

How the government can take action to close the gap between the richest and the rest – Oxfam

Oxfam in Asia - Publications - Indonesia - Towards A More Equal Indonesia
Paper author: 
Luke Gibson
Paper publication date: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017

The gap between the richest and the rest in Indonesia has grown faster in the past two decades than in any other country in South-East Asia. As of 2016, the four richest men in Indonesia now have more wealth than the poorest 100 million people. Inequality is slowing down poverty reduction, dampening economic growth and threatening social cohesion.

President Jokowi has made fighting inequality his administration’s top priority for 2017. This Oxfam report shows how he could reduce inequality in Indonesia, by enforcing a living wage for all workers, increasing spending on public services, and making big corporations and rich individuals pay their fair share of tax.