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Empowering communities to build themselves a better future
In Indonesia, ACTED works across the country in remote locations to support underserved populations through the capacity building of local civil society organisations. From the establishment of district action committee to eradicate the worst forms of child labour in Nias, to the capacity building of civil society organisations in Medan and the establishment of village disaster mitigation committees in West Timor, ACTED’s vision is an Indonesia where individuals and civil society are empowered to respond effectively to the natural, economic, and social crises facing them.
Helping communities learn to bounce back from reoccurring disasters
ACTED’s disaster risk reduction interventions continued this year in Malaka district, Nusa Tenggara Timur. Focusing on 33 communities living in the watershed of the Benain River who are regularly displaced due to flooding, ACTED provided technical and organisational development training to village disaster mitigation committees as well as facilitated the development of disaster maps and disaster response plans. In addition, eleven of the most at risk communities were provided with safe evacuation points which included latrines and shallow wells to ensure access to safe water and sanitation facilities during emergencies. Those community members unable to evacuate were provided with water filters.
Empowering civil society organisations to address the needs of their communities
2013 saw the introduction of the grassroots organisational development capacity assessment (GOCA) methodology to ACTED Indonesia. Five civil society organisations based in Medan, North Sumatra, were identified to be provided with a series of organisational development trainings based on the findings of the GOCA. This training, supported by on the job mentoring and technical trainings, aims to build the capacity of each organisation to adequately represent and advocate for the needs of their community.
Tackling the worst forms of child labour
Despite Indonesia’s middle income status, child labour remains prevalent in the country. In Nias, North Sumatra, ACTED worked with local NGO Pusat Kajian dan Perlindungan Anak (PKPA) to remove 152 children from the worst forms of child labour and provide them with equivalency education or vocational training. With the support of ACTED, local authorities, business people and communities in Nias, established district action committees to monitor the implementation of local regulations and 129 business men and women signed voluntary codes of conduct to prevent the worst forms of child labour.
As for 2014, due to the multiple hazards that Indonesia regularly faces, ACTED will continue its capacity building of communities and local authorities to prepare for and respond to disasters. This will include the launching of a community radio station in Malaka district to act as an early warning system, and the provision of equipment to sub-district level government officials to increase their capacity to assess and respond in times of emergencies. At the same time, ACTED plans to address the livelihood and water and sanitation needs of communities to allow them to break the cycle of poverty and build a brighter future.