Funded through an Australian Research Council Discovery grant (DP170100657), this project aims to better understand child poverty in Indonesia from the standpoint of children, using a range of participatory methods. Led by Professor Sharon Bessell and Dr Angie Bexley, this research aims to develop a child-centred means of assessing child poverty, with the aim of informing policies and services to better support children and their families. The research is undertaken jointly by the Poverty and Inequality Research Centre and the Children’s Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.
The research is being undertaken in Indonesia, with global implications. Extensive fieldwork was undertaken in 2018 and 2019, but was halted in 2020 due to COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions. The focus of the Centre’s work turned to analysis and writing up, including a 2020 publication in Children and Youth Services Review a comprehensive review of the literature on participatory research with children on experiences of poverty (Bessell, Siagian and Bessell).