No matter the urban pressures in Asia and Pacific, governments and their partners must provide spaces for communities to play and interact.
Joris van Etten
Joris van Etten is a senior urban development specialist at the Asian Development Bank and is based in Indonesia. He has been working with governments on addressing technical, institutional and financial challenges to create livable cities.
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Governments should adopt public space policies that support all citizens—including informal workers and the urban poor.
For many of Indonesia’s urban poor who work in the informal sector, social distancing is nearly impossible if they want to maintain their income. Two key policies can help.