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Designing the Assistance Program for the Lower Middle Class

The Covid-19 outbreak has created new problems related to social assistance for groups in need.

Oleh BENJAMIN A OLKEN
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A line of dozens of drivers, street vendors, workers at Depok Terminal to receive lunch assistance on Wednesday (15/4/2020). Assistance is provided by the social organization Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and the Indonesian Volunteer Society.

The Covid-19 outbreak has created new problems related to social assistance for groups in need.

As disclosed by my colleague Rema Hanna in this newspaper on Wednesday, April 22, the Government of Indonesia has focused its social assistance program on the poor. The government has acted quickly in expanding existing programs, which provided badly needed assistance in overcoming the situation. Those government steps are correct. However, these days, economic pressure due to the Covid-19 outbreak has seen many people who were still working a few weeks ago lose their income. And now they really need help to buy food, pay off installments or rent and meet other basic needs.

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