The State of Children in Indonesia
Trends, Opportunities and Challenges for Realizing Children’s Rights
Indonesia’s social and economic development has been both remarkable and rapid. Unlike the many countries with aging populations and workforces, a full two thirds of Indonesia’s population is of ‘productive age’ (15–64 years old). This large productive-age population can be a powerful engine for development – a ‘dividend’ that can be invested in the country’s future.
Indonesia’s children are the nation’s most precious asset – the centrepiece of its future. Policy and investment choices made for children today will have an enormous impact on Indonesia’s future. The right choices will keep the country on a path toward a more just, equitable and prosperous society.
While Indonesia has marked important progress in child well-being in recent years, urgent challenges remain in areas such as lifting children out of poverty and expanding access to health care and education.The report reveals both positive trends and persistent challenges affecting the country’s 80 million children.