Keeping in Touch with People’s Experiences of COVID-19 in Indonesia

A series of briefs

Kusmiyati wears a mask


This study aims to bring faces, stories, and highlight local perspectives into how families and other people across Indonesia have been dealing with changes and uncertainty during the pandemic, in both urban and rural contexts. Utilising the pre-existing relationships that Empatika researchers have with a variety of families across Indonesia, this longitudinal study was conducted remotely over a nine-month period between June 2020 and February 2021, and included 45 families living in 23 districts across Indonesia who shared insights on their experiences and those of their surrounding communities on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on families' main concerns during the initial listening phase, the following three rounds of data collection focused on three thematic areas: learning and social lives of children; health and hygiene; and livelihoods and social assistance. Insights on each of these themes were captured in separate research briefs, as well as synthesized into a summary brief which looks back across the entire study period.

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UNICEF and Empatika
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