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Oxfam in Indonesia


Oxfam has been working in Indonesia to contribute towards finding lasting solutions to poverty and suffering in the country since 1957.  Oxfam has been supporting local and national partners in many parts of the country to realize our shared  vision to ensure women’s rights to a sustainable livelihood, to be heard and to have access to basic social services, are respected, in particular  during shocks or disasters. We are presently implementing a wide range of sustainable development and disaster preparedness initiatives in 6 provinces and 25 districts. Our principal Government partner is the  Ministry of Social Affairs .


Vision for Indonesia

Oxfam envisions an Indonesia where women are equal citizens and everyone can enjoy their rights even in times of shocks and disaster.


Goal for Oxfam in Indonesia

An integrated Oxfam programme, with a strong voice based on its collaboration with an extensive network of partners, will make lasting changes in the lives of poor and vulnerable people by influencing changes in policy and practice amongst the most influential decision makers.


Partnership Principles

Oxfam works with groups that share similar views as catalysts or change agents, facilitators of a process to build communities’ confidence and capacities, as opposed to defining themselves as experts providing services, aid, goods or outputs. Oxfam’s partnerships are based on six core principles: shared vision and values;  complementarity of purpose and value-added; autonomy and independence; transparency and mutual accountability; clarity on roles and responsibilities; and  commitment to joint learning to communities and acting on their behalf.



Sectoral and Geographic Focus

Our present portfolio of work focuses on working to achieve Gender Justice, Economic Justice and Rights in Crisis. Our development works is focused in Eastern Indonesia and Papua. This focus area was decided based on  consideration of the developmental context, opportunities for advocacy, and Oxfam affiliate strengths and resources. However, our emergency response includes a national remit to respond in any geographic area. The strategy also allows for the possibility of taking on Disaster Risk Reduction work in places with extremely high vulnerability to repeat disasters. Pilot projects are implemented with national partners and their networks.


Together we are working to achieve our vision of ‘a just world without poverty’ and to be a powerful partner in global and local communities of people connected for change.




Our work under the Rights in Crisis Programme aims to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable Indonesian, in particular women will be better able to cope with a range of shocks, including economic-related shocks, human-made and natural disasters, and the negative impacts of climate change through their own capacities and through the supports and services available to them in their immediate and wider communities.


There are four sub-objective of Rights in Crisis programme that are interlinked together with their strategic activities to support the objective of the programme, namely:

  • Emergency Preparedness and Response – Tanggap!
  • Building district level resilience to disasters
  • National advocacy for disaster risk management
  • Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation integration and mainstreaming.


Project and activities to achieve the Rights in Crisis objective includes:


  • Tanggap Project

The project is aimed at increasing Oxfam and Partners’ capacity in emergency preparedness and response in water, sanitation and hygiene, Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihood, and Shelter sectors.  The activities include capacity building, contingency stock management in Oxfam and partners, surge capacity development, research, joint contingency planning development, and support to partner-led responses to disasters Category 3, and joint responses between Oxfam and partners to disasters Category 2.  The project is involving 6 strategic partners and 14 potential partners across Indonesia.


  • Mainstreaming DRR into WASH Preparedness and Response project.

The project is aimed at strengthening Oxfam  and Partners’ emergency preparedness and response capacity on water sanitation and hygiene in West Sumatera and East Nusa Tenggara provinces. The activities include community WASH improvement, mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into WASH  in school, and advocacy for local government to support community and schools WASH improvement initiatives. The project is implemented in West Sumatra and East Nusa Tenggara.


  • Action Research: Enhanced Child-based approach in Emergency WASH preparedness and Response

The project is aimed at developing an innovative model of child-based emergency preparedness and response in water, sanitation, and hygine  sector. The activities include knowledge, attitude, and practice survey, implementation of Children Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (CHAST), formation of  Children Health Ambassador Clubs and capacity building, child-friendly Information-Education-Communication material, child based monitoring and evaluation.  This project is implemented by Totalitas, our partner in West Sumatera Province.


  • Building and Deepening Resilience (BDR) in Eastern Indonesia Project.

The project is aimed at building community and district resilience to disasters through capacity building of communities, local governments, and partners and advocacy on gender, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.  The activities include trainings on gender,disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation,  implementing community based disaster management, advocacy on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation instruments at district and community level, advocacy on gender mainstreaming in disaster management in national level. The project is implemented in 26 villages, 6 districts of 4 provinces (East Lombok, West Lombok, Bima City in West Nusa Tenggara; East Flores in East Nusa Tenggara, Manokwari in West Papua, and Jayapura in Papua province.


  • Building Resilience Project in West Sumatra

The project is aimed at building community and district government resilience to disasters through implementing community based disaster risk management and advocacy to local government.  The activities include formation of and capacity building to disaster risk reduction forum in district level, advocating local governments to produce, refine and/or legalize its disaster risk reduction instruments (risk mapping, disaster management plan, and contingency planning), and implemention of community-based disaster risk management in 22 communities.


  • Women’s Leadership Strengthening in Disaster Risk Reduction

The project is aimed at supporting the women leadership in disaster risk reduction activities they are involved in. The support includes mapping out women champions at district and village levels, capacity building to existing gender focal points and networks, training on leadership and advocacy for women champions, awareness raising to communities on the importance of women’s role in disaster risk reduction, and supporting women action plan in disaster risk reduction. The project is implemented in Building and Deepening Resilience project areas.


  • Strengthening Community Resilience (SECURE) to Disaster

The project is aimed at strengthening community resilience to disasters in respect to women concern in disaster risk reduction through implementing community-based disaster risk management package in Sumbawa District – West Nusa Tenggara and through supporting community action plans to reduce disaster in WASH, livelihood, and disaster mitigation at project locations.  The activities include hazard mapping, participatory capacity and vulnerability analysis, institutionalization and development of village preparedness team including mitigation activity, evacuation and early warning system development, contingency planning formulation and mock drills and simulation, and support to  community action in reducing risk, including to support women action plan separately. The project is conducted in 5 villages in Sumbawa District-NTB and embedded to 12 villages at the Building District Resilience project location.