Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world, is witnessing rapid changes in population demographics. It also houses the fourth-largest child population in the world. Around one-third of children under five are stunted, reaching 30.8% in 2018, declining from 37% in 2013. The country faces a double burden of malnutrition, as both over and undernutrition are found to co-exist.
In recent years, Indonesia has made great strides in reducing poverty and improving child well-being. The government continues to work towards uplifting children and young people living in poverty, expanding equitable access to healthcare, education, shelter, safety and nutrition to children.
- Geographically, Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, remains prone to natural disasters, including earthquakes, tidal waves, floods, fires and volcanic eruptions.
- The country also witnesses an evolving demographic. With rapid urbanization, roughly two-thirds of the population will move from rural areas to cities in 2030.
- Such a divide also accentuates inequality among children with differential availability of learning opportunities, nutrition, safety, and more. All these factors pose to impact child development significantly.
- Increased incidences of stunting are currently linked to chronic undernutrition and inadequate benefit from feeding practices and complementary foods.
OUR WORK IN INDONESIA
The Hub's whole-child approach aims to bring cohesion to the different policy aspects besides designing interventions at the various stages of child development.
To synchronise with the Senegal landscape, the hub works at the grassroots level.
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OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM IN INDONESIA
Country Lead, Indonesia
Hub Manager, Indonesia
Arienta R. P Sudibya