About the Speaker
Dr Herdiyan Maulana, Lecturer, Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia
About the Webinar
In recent years, there has been a growing number of national projects across the world to supplement national income with measures of well-being in order to get a more comprehensive view of development and ensure informed policy making does not exclusively prioritise economic growth. Such projects have become more urgent during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. To date in Indonesia, rates of infections throughout the country are approaching a quarter of a million with several thousand fatalities. Valid measures of well-being can provide a useful gauge of how a society is coping with the pandemic as well as identify key areas for policy intervention, but as the term is still relatively new among policymakers, application of it poses some challenges.
Firstly, conventional approaches for understanding well-being have been mainly developed in the West, which tend to define its usage from an individualistic perspective. Secondly, the concept of well-being is still very much a ‘work in progress’ in Indonesia. There has never been a clear consensus among both social commentators and policymakers within the country on a working definition, which can confound efforts to generate policies to improve well-being. This is in spite of the fact that Indonesia is placed 84th out of 153 countries surveyed in the World Happiness Survey for 2020.
Drawing from original research and grounded perspectives in Indonesia, this webinar seeks to present a coherent and practical model for policymakers to apply the concept of well-being, particularly in the advent of a national crisis such as the Covid-19 coronavirus.