Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Program Keluarga Harapan (PKH)

The Government of Indonesia (GoI) expanded its social protection programs, including Program Keluarga Harapan (PKH)—its conditional cash transfer program, to support the most vulnerable sections of society during the pandemic. Our report explores the impact of COVID-19 on the beneficiaries and operational implementation of PKH during the pandemic.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in April, 2020, the Government of Indonesia (GoI) took multiple measures to support the ailing economy. Its critical policy support measures involved the expansion of Program Keluarga Harapan (PKH), the flagship conditional cash transfer program implemented by the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) to include new beneficiaries. GoI also increased the entitlement of beneficiaries under its social protection programs. This report is based on the study MSC conducted in coordination with MoSA to understand the impact of the pandemic on the implementation of PKH. It also highlights how beneficiaries coped with economic hardships, accessed their PKH funds, met their commitments under PKH, and accessed health facilities as the pandemic raged on.

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