COVID-19: State of emergency doesn’t justify lack of transparency

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the government to a form of corruption that stems from the emergency procurement of goods and services intended for serving the economic recovery agenda. Studies, including by Federica Cacciatore et al. in 2022, show that there is a link between economic recovery programs with increased cases of corruption. This has also played out in Indonesia, where its policy responses toward COVID-19 have heavily focused on the goals of economic recovery (Greg Fealy, 2020).