Meeting With Key Stakeholders in Indonesia
In November, Laura Jump, Partnerships Director, and Clara Hawkshaw, Partnerships Officer, travelled to Jakarta to meet with stakeholders in Indonesia and look at how the Academy might add value and contribute to those working on disaster preparedness and response. Our fifth Academy Centre will be set up in mid-2017, and we wanted to reach out to partners, find out the needs of the communities and begin to establish ways to create strategic partnerships and long-term sustainability.
During our four days in Jakarta we were privileged to meet with a variety of stakeholders including Regional organisations including UN OCHA and the AHA Centre; National NGOs such as the Humanitarian Forum Indonesia, Planas PRB and Muhammadiyah as well as the government training department BNBP. We also met with Unilever to discuss the role of private-sector partnership in the sector. At the beginning of the week we attended the RSIS-AHA Centre Policy Discussion on the World Humanitarian Summit: Implications for the Asia-Pacific, a meeting held in celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of the AHA Centre. All of these engagements provided a great snapshot of the landscape of humanitarian action in Indonesia and will also feed in to the preparations for the set-up of the Indonesia Academy Centre. We would like to say a special thanks to the Indonesian Scout Federation, Gerakan Pramuka Indonesia, who were very helpful in assisting us during our stay.
We will return to Indonesia in early 2017 to hold an inception workshop to hold more targeted discussions in preparation for opening our fifth Academy Centre in the summer. Meanwhile, we will soon be advertising for a Centre Director in Indonesia and will also launch a tender for a needs assessment to map existing initiatives and gaps in provision. Here, we are seeking expressions of interest from parties with expertise in stakeholder mapping and market research, alongside an understanding of the humanitarian eco-system in Indonesia.