Social security for informal economy workers in Indonesia: looking for flexible and highly targeted programmes

In Indonesia about 17% of the employed population enjoys formal social security mainly employees of the formal sector. With respect to health the coverage has recently been substantially expanded through the Jamkesmas/Askeskin programme targeting poor households. However, social security for informal workers, about two-thirds of all workers, leaves still a great deal to be desired.

The present study has a three-fold objective: 1) To establish the demand for social security measures; 2) To determine the current coping mechanisms of informal workers; 3) To assess the impact of the current global financial crisis on the informal economy.