One of Australia’s closest neighbours, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous nation. Caritas Australia's programs focus on a range of issues including disaster preparedness, environmental protection, sustainable development, health, and community empowerment.
Why do we work in Indonesia?
Indonesia faces many environmental challenges. Situated on the Pacific ‘rim of fire’, the country regularly experiences natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In 2004, the Boxing Day Tsunami killed over 160,000 Indonesians and displaced another 500,000.
Indonesia's environment is also being challenged by population pressures and strong economic growth.
Despite its economic growth, Indonesia is still ranked 158th out of 228 countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita (World Factbook, 2013). The Indonesian population therefore experiences many poverty-related problems common to developing nations.
Our work in Indonesia
Caritas Australia has supported a number of emergency responses in Indonesia over the years. We also run long-term programs that help communities better prepare for natural disasters and promote more sustainable agriculture.
In addition to this environmental work, we run programs on sustainable economic development and empowering women and indigenous communities.
Examples of our work
- The Justice and Peace (KWI) program in the Diocese of Sintang will empower the local/indigenous community to participate in decision making for their own future, strengthen community leaders capacity to use legal systems to defend, maintain and cultivate their own land, and improve community awareness relating to child protection.
- Our Women Empowerment Program in Pandeglang Banten Province aims to build the capacity of the communities especially the women’s groups in developing small businesses as an alternative income, raise the communities environmental awareness by providing clean water and maintaining clean family sanitation where they live, and decrease water-borne illness for 240 people by improving access to new water and sanitation facilities.
- The Building Community Resilience in Sintang and NUSRA (Nusa Tenggara) project aims to develop capacity for forest conservation and safeguarding land rights of communities in five villages in the Sintang Diocese, engaging communities to share best practice and experiences to promote resiliency and scale-up success within the Caritas network in Indonesia to multi-stakeholders. It also aims to strengthen institutional capacity to lead the implementation of community action plans.