About half of all Indonesians live on less than £2 a day. Employment growth has been slower than population growth. Public services remain inadequate by middle-income standards, and health indicators are poor. The island is also one of the most disaster-prone nations in the world.
Natural disaster response
Indonesia regularly faces the hardship of many natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions.
Mercy Corps has been working in Indonesia for over twenty years and is familiar with the needs of this frequently disaster-stricken country. Our team is on the ground to bring immediate relief to communities affected by natural disaster and help communities build back their lives. Learn more here.
In Indonesia, people are now facing the double threat of natural disaster and COVID‑19. Access to clean water is vital in both supporting people to meet their basic needs after disaster hits, as well as now preventing the spread of COVID‑19 in these same communities. We are constructing handwashing stations so that people can maintain good hygiene and reduce the risk of infection.
We are also equipping communities with the knowledge they need to protect themselves against COVID‑19, mainly through awareness campaigns which include billboards, leaflets, and posters.
Our response in Indonesia also includes:
- Economic opportunity: Providing technical assistance, training and financial services to microfinance institutions throughout the country and helping spice farmers earn more income.
- Health: Raising awareness and supporting mothers to practice and promote exclusive breastfeeding.