Adaptive cross-sectoral disaster recovery and risk reduction in Sulawesi, Indonesia: Collaborations between global non-profits and national civil society
In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami which struck Sulawesi, Indonesia in October, 2018 Direct Relief joined efforts with the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Center) and the leading Indonesian civil society organization Muhammadiyah, to link health-sector and housing needs for the sake of immediate recovery and long-term risk reduction. Efforts to join response and risk reduction regularly suffer from informational and operational gaps which prevent agencies from understanding needs and risks in relevant time frames to adjust for the demands of dynamic situations. In Sulawesi, for instance, liquefaction of land following the earthquake increased uncertainty in significant ways for displaced populations and infrastructure repair efforts. That uncertainty in turn required novel combinations of detailed geospatial mapping and local knowledge for effective and secure recovery investments.
The partnership between these three groups ultimately produced targeted retrofitting of health facilities and full-scale reconstruction of a primary hospital in the city of Palu, as well as housing redevelopment for IDPs. This workshop will detail the collaborative engagement between types of organizations, across housing and health sectors, in both immediate and long-term risk reduction contexts, to understand conditions for future disaster recovery in Sulawesi.
Organizer: Direct Relief
Partner organization: Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center (MDMC)