Incentive-based Social Welfare Administration in Indonesia: Implications for sustainable development in women’s and children’s protection

Helen McLaren, Nismah Qonitah, Ida Widianingsih

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Abstract

This article brings together two discrete studies of Indonesian welfare innovations, the conditional cash transfer and the deinstitutionalisation of children, both delivered at the lowest administrative level by social workers. Patterns across the two studies indicated a confounding variable influential in social workers’ innovation implementation and administrative decisions. This variable, incentive-based remuneration, was inhibiting implementation and potentially sustaining the social inequalities and rights violations that each innovation proposed to address. Social workers’ over-reliance on remuneration incentives has inherent problems. Increases to base-rates of pay and realignment of incentivisation in development are needed to support change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-524
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume65
Issue number3
Early online date16 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

Keywords

  • Indonesia
  • incentive-based
  • remuneration
  • social work
  • social protection
  • poverty
  • welfare
  • development
  • sustainable development
  • incentive-based remuneration
  • welfare development
  • Development sustainability

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