CTSS IPB University: Pandemic and Social Assistance, Consumption Approach, and Social Reproduction Problem

COVID-19 is known as the pandemic which caused multidimentional global crisis. However, on the other hand, some people think that the presence of COVID-19 pandemic has been able to uncover toxic effects of a pandemic which has lived in the system for a long time and has dominated the lives of people around the world, namely neoliberalism. Seeing that circumstance, the Center for Transdisciplinary and Sustainable Science (CTSS), Institute of Research and Community Service (LPPM) IPB University held an agenda to discuss about COVID-19 pandemic and social assistance, (15/9).

Regarding to that topic, Dr Rilus A Kinseng, Head of Knowledge Production Division from CTSS IPB University, emphasized that the discussed topic was very important because it involved a discussion about social assistance during the pandemic which is currently still ongoing. “In short term, the issue is very relevant because it concerns about social assistance during this pandemic period. Meanwhile, it is also very relevant in long term, because this social assistance program will still be continued,” he said.

Furthermore, he also explained that, the issue of Universal Basic Income was also raised in the discussion. The topic is very important to be discussed and might be implemented in Indonesia in the future.

Dr Rilus A Kinseng, who also a lecturer of IPB University from Faculty of Human Ecology, also explained about the implementation of social assistance distribution. He said that, A better implementation for social assistance distribution needs accurate data and better distribution mechanism.

“Collaboration with grassroots-level organization is essential in the distribution of social assistance. If possible, the social assistance will still be needed even for several months after the pandemic ends, because many businesses have already gone bankrupt, and many people have experienced layoff," said Dr Rilus.

Meanwhile, Ruth Indiah Rahayu, a researcher from Research Center for Crisis and Alternative Development Strategies (INKRISPENA), explained in her presentation that, COVID-19 pandemic has been able to reveal the inequality that not all countries and regions will be affected equally. geopolitical factors and the welfare of countries and regions have important role in it.

“This pandemic has also been able to reveal that not everyone will be affected equally, which means, class, gender, race, and age also have a role in it. Moreover, the ability of each households in facing this pandemic is different,” she said.

Furthermore, she said that the presence of COVID-19 pandemic has been able to uncover the wounds caused by the crisis that have never healed and we could see the weakness of our public health system. At the same time, community dependence on women is very high, whether on the front lines and home, starting from treating sick person, accompanying children on online learning, or earning a living. Therefore, the government's program to increase the purchasing power of consumption is targeted to women, while pre-employment card are given to men.

“This condition reveals many structural inequalities in every area, from health to economy, and from security to social protection,” she said. (IAAS/ISL)



Published Date : 16-Sep-2020

Resource Person : Dr Rilus A Kinseng

Keyword : CTSS IPB, social assistance, COVID-19, social reproduction