In February we held our initial Inception Workshop in Indonesia. This saw representatives from 40 different organisations come together to discuss some of the key opportunities and challenges facing those preparing for and responding to disasters in Indonesia. The Inception Workshop also allowed more targeted discussions in preparation for opening our fifth Academy Centre in the summer of 2017.

We hosted the Inception Workshop in collaboration with Humanitarian Forum Indonesia (HFI) and welcomed Mr Tomy Hendrajati, Chairman of HFI, to give the opening remarks, and Mr Oliver Lacey-Hall, the Head of the United Nations OCHA office in Indonesia, gave the closing remarks. Here, he provided an overview of the situation in Indonesia and recognised the shared commitment to humanitarian learning and the importance of sharing information to improve our collective understanding of preparedness and response.

The workshop brought together participants from all the layers of the humanitarian landscape including government, intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, faith-based organisations, academia and the private sector. There was a vibrant discussion and world café session which looked at the existing challenges and gaps in the humanitarian sector in Indonesia, captured a list of existing learning initiatives and started to explore innovative ideas to respond to the identified gaps.

We are very grateful to our partners, Humanitarian Forum Indonesia, for co-hosting the workshop with us. Following this successful workshop, we have launched a tender for a needs assessment to further map existing learning and knowledge initiatives and gaps in provision. We are hopeful that we will receive expressions of interest from parties with expertise in stakeholder mapping and market research, alongside an understanding of the humanitarian eco-system in Indonesia.

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