The seed of thought overarching the creation of this site is as knowledge is power; thus, free access should be offered to individuals, communities, civil societies, and other relevant stakeholders. When we developed the skeleton of this site in 2015, unlike open-access sites in Bahasa, only a small number of open-access online sites provided reliable information, insight, reference, and construction on the Indonesian social and labour subject matter in English. In contrast, many key stakeholders in the industries are foreign investors, international communities, labour groups, trade unions, and international monitoring agencies.

By the time the seed of thought sprouted in 2016, it had taken around a year for our sole founder, Dinah Madiadipura*, to turn the idea into reality. After a year of filtering and maturing ideas and concepts, in July 2017, the site was launched under the name of the Indonesia Labour Databank. 

Unfortunately, after several months we found that the word Databank in our name confused several of our patrons, thinking that the site is a genuine Bank. To address this concern and expand our reach, we officially amended the site name to Indonesia Labour Database in 2018; with it came a revamped new site and a new logo. Despite the name change, our objective remains the same.

As young as we are, we strive to make the world of work a better place for all.

*Ms Madiadipura can be reached at her email: dinahmadiadipura@gmail.com