Six Case Histories Illustrating Perpetual Poverty in Indonesia
Abstract Recent studies have shown that a “happiness index” correlates with economies that do not show excessive gap between rich and poor. In other words, even rich people cannot really be happy when surrounded by extreme poverty, no matter how strongly they ignore or deny such destitute conditions.
Accordingly, we need methods of securing much better results from “throwing money” at poverty problems than have heretofore occurred. Some Achenese of my acquaintance feel that perhaps 80% of the tremendous amount of post-tsunami disaster aid was lost to corruption and thievery.
Keywords: Xenophobia, gotong royong, post-colonial mentality, money ethics, “Bantu Ibu”, communal conformity