This case study synthesizes the social protection response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia in 2020. It is part of six country case studies developed as part of the Social Protection Approaches to COVID-19 Expert Advice Helpline’s (SPACE) learning and documentation approach. By capturing country-level social protection responses to COVID-19, the case studies aim to inform the global audiences as to what has happened, what has worked well and less well and why. The case studies primarily draw upon a review of existing research; government regulations, decrees and policies; news media; and online media such as blogs and webinars. This desk-based review is supplemented by select key informant interviews (KIIs).

The case study is structured as follows: This introductory section presents an overview of the country, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the national social protection system. It is followed by Section 2, which presents the social protection responses to COVID-19 in terms of the design, financing and delivery systems. Finally, Section 3 concludes with a light-touch assessment of the response and its long-term implications for the national social protection system.

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