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Remote Islands of Eastern Indonesia advance disaster risk reduction through universities, school teachers

Small and remote islands are often the bottom priority in advancing disaster risk reduction, even though their risks are similar or even higher. Universities and schoolteachers in eastern Indonesian provinces have actively been engaged in reducing risks in remote and poverty-ridden areas. Collaborations by multi stakeholders can speed up the efforts for resilient communities.

Case Study

Small remote Islands of Eastern Indonesia advance disaster risk reduction through universities, school teachers.

HFA Priority

HFA Priority 3: Use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels.


Local universities and schools in eastern Indonesia have very limited DRR capacity and practices while their disaster risks are high.


Provinces of North Maluku, Maluku, and East Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia

How the problem was addressed?

Training of university professors, disaster studies centres, university students, schoolteachers, and local NGOs are done to empower and expand DRR knowledge to communities. 

·       HOPE worldwide implemented programs supported by Ford Foundation and Caterpillar Foundation, working together with Universitas Khairun, Universitas Pattimura, and Universitas Artha Wacana. Expertise from the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center of University of Hawaii are also brought in to conduct trainings for capacity building. National and local disaster management agencies are also key partners.

·       The challenges are lack of knowledge in DRR locally and the remote locations of the small islands.

·       Local universities can play key roles in advancing DRR, both from lecturers and students. School teachers are catalysts for DRR in the remote islands. Local government disaster management agencies could be empowered if there is DRR investment allocated to local budgets.

·       Expand partnership base for greater impact.


Three disaster studies centers being formed; local DRR networks formed by local stakeholders, over 2,000 school teachers empowered for DRR.

Measuring success

Local ownership and collaborations of DRR are crucial.

Measured impact shows great responses and increasing capacity for DRR in the three provinces.

Relevance to HFA

The programme is part of the National Plan, and contributes to advancing DRR.

The HFA provided a platform to focus efforts on Priority 3.

Potential for replication

Great potential for replication. We are also looking for partners to advance this initiative in provinces and countries.

Contribution by

Charles Ham, Global Disaster Response Coordinator, HOPE worldwide, 1285 Drummers Lane, Suite 105, Wayne, PA 19087, USA / charles.ham@hopeww.org / www.hopeww.org

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