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Dana Desa, Paksaan Desentralisasi?
Dana Desa, Paksaan Desentralisasi?

Dana Desa, Paksaan Desentralisasi?

“Rp 9.066.200.000.000,00”

Itulah nominal dari alokasi Dana Desa dalam RAPBN 2015. Pos tersebut akan dibagikan kepada sekitar 75.000 desa di seluruh Indonesia. Nantinya, dana tersebut akan dibagikan berdasarkan beberapa aspek seperti besar wilayah dan populasi. Asumsikan saja setiap desa mendapatkan dana desa yang sama, pada tahun 2015 setiap desa akan ‘bertambah kaya’ sekitar Rp 120 juta. Ini merupakan langkah awal menuju dana desa dengan nominal yang diharapkan sejak debat capres – cawapres ketujuh Republik Indonesia, yaitu Rp 1 Milliar per desa. Pertanyaannya sekarang, apakah memang Dana Desa ini diperlukan?

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Low-Carbon Economy: The Cost of Carbon Abatement
Low-Carbon Economy: The Cost of Carbon Abatement

Low-Carbon Economy: The Cost of Carbon Abatement

Whether or not you believe in global warming and climate change, it is a fact that now, numerous nations have set specific targets to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) in attempts to mitigate global carbon level. They recognize the importance to mitigate one of the worst impacts of a climate crisis – a rise in global mean temperature above 2 degree Celsius – on the human population, on our economies and on the environment.

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How Indonesia Can Escape the Middle(low) Income Trap
How Indonesia Can Escape the Middle(low) Income Trap

How Indonesia Can Escape the Middle(low) Income Trap

As a young Indonesian who is going to be the next leader and a loyal citizen of this country, I am very concerned about Indonesia’s current economic condition which is considered as a lower middle income country who is being trapped in the phenomenon called ”middle(low) income trap”. What is middle(low) income trap?

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Free Money for Everyone!
Free Money for Everyone!

Free Money for Everyone!

Wait, what?! First of all, it should come as no surprise that the myriad of poverty alleviation programs by the government aren’t, shall we say, 100% effective. Even after public housing, raskin (rice for the poor), fuel subsidies and other attempts, poverty –whether in Indonesia or the rest of the world for that matter- is still rampant. Although I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who work for the benefit of those in need, a different -if somewhat radical- solution should be welcomed into the debate of how to end poverty. The solution I am going to expound here is called ‘guaranteed minimum income’ (GMI) and some of its variations.

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Does Population Matter?
Does Population Matter?

Does Population Matter?

Populasi penduduk merupakan sebuah topik yang sudah diperbincangkan sejak berabad – abad lalu. Fenomena yang berhubungan dengan populasi penduduk dijelaskan dalam sebuah ilmu yang bernama demografi. Dalam ilmu demografi, fenomena populasi penduduk yang mencakup persebaran populasi, dan perubahan populasi yang disebabkan oleh kelahiran,kematian dan migrasi. Salah satu ahli yang sudah memikirkan dampak dari populasi terhadap fenomena sosial dan ekonomi adalah Thomas R. Malthus.

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You Can’t Sit With Us
You Can’t Sit With Us

You Can’t Sit With Us

It seems that the inclusion of initially marginalized parts of society is in season. We recently heard about Shinzo Abe’s Womenomics movement in Japan. He is promoting a more substantial participation of women in every profession. Apparently, in Japan, female employees are not very bizarre. Unfortunately, female leaders and holders of strategic positions are. Thus, he encouraged women, quite a large population in Japan and elsewhere, to be empowered and utilize their number to further develop the economy.

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Wanted: Dead or Alive
Wanted: Dead or Alive

Wanted: Dead or Alive

These serial killers, mass murderers, drug cartels and corruptors are hunted down, regardless of the state they are in. However, not in the way you think. Apparently, just a few years ago, China had admitted that they indeed ‘harvest’ organs from death row inmates after a long period of vehement denials. What we didn’t see coming is the promise that it would end the practice by New Year. Granted, some human rights activists (mostly westerners) have pointed out the disconcerting practice to be unethical and abhorring human rights. Nevertheless, since when does this notoriously headstrong country listen to what most people say, especially in the wake of very high demand on organs?

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Traffic Congestion: Public Enemy No.1
Traffic Congestion: Public Enemy No.1

Traffic Congestion: Public Enemy No.1

The title above may very well be a grave hyperbole, but ask any citizen of Jakarta who has had to spend a good chunk of their lives in a sea of cars, motorcycles and other vehicles, traffic is a sort of living hell that they must soldier through on a daily basis. For the enviable minority of readers that are happily unacquainted with the grim reality of traffic (I’m not sure there are), we condemn traffic on the simple grounds that it is a thoroughly unenjoyable experience that robs us of our time either from doing productive work or doing leisurely activities.

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