Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Capacity of local bodies (CSOs – civil society organisations) and local governments (LGs) for Building Community Resilience in Java and Eastern Indonesia

Project Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Capacity of local bodies (CSOs – civil society organisations) and local governments (LGs) for Building Community Resilience in Java and Eastern Indonesia
Objectives

• To enhance the capacity of target Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Central (Borneo) and Eastern part of Indonesia on DRR • To build a good foundation for effective local platforms on DRR by improving synergy between CSOs and Local Authorities in target areas of Java, Indonesia

Project Partners SHEEP Indonesia FOUNDATION
Activities

• DRR Enhancement training workshop for CSOs in Eastern Part of Indonesia • DRR joint action planning workshop on DRR for CSOs and Local Authorities in Java

Locations Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Period January – July 2013
Accomplishments

• 9 CSO representatives participated in the DRR Enhancement training workshop for CSOs in Eastern Part of Indonesia • 10 Local government officials in Java, 5 CSO representatives from Java and 1 CSO representative from Kendari (South East Sulawesi) participated in the DRR joint action planning workshop on DRR for CSOs and Local Authorities in Java

Background
Indonesia is the fourth-largest Asian country. It is home to 237,641,326 people with five major islands and 13,677 smaller islands. This large archipelago is exposed to a high risk of natural disasters. In 2010 alone, there were 644 disaster incidents that killed 1711 people and affected 1.3 million people. Economic loss due to disasters is also significant. Therefore, there is the need to build capacity and resilience in all levels of society to significantly reduce the risks of hazards and disasters. However, there exists many gaps between authorities and grassroots communities in terms of coordination, communication and cooperation. In bridging gaps between communities and authorities in terms of disaster resilience, the role of Civil Society Organisations in DRR is significantly strategic. CSOs with enough capacities and resources are able to augment efforts from authorities simultaneously to assist communities on the ground. MERCY Malaysia and SHEEP Indonesia have been cooperating in building the capacity of CSOs on DRR since 2009 through trainings on CBDRM and also in enhancing engagement between CSOs and Local Governments.

MERCY Malaysia’s efforts
As a partner, MERCY Malaysia provided its assistance during the workshops. Continuous monitoring and evaluation visits are carried out throughout the project timeline to ensure compliance to the project objectives.