About half of all Indonesians live on less than two dollars 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.
Improve community infrastructure, health, resiliency and economic opportunities in Indonesia’s most challenging urban and coastal areas.
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- 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
- Water: Improving sanitation and hygiene in crowded urban areas with a mobile sludge removal service
- Disaster preparedness: Identifying and mapping areas at risk and helping those communities plan, train and practice how to respond when disasters occur
- Emergency response: Maintaining a response team ready to quickly deploy and provide immediate relief to survivors during the critical first months after a disaster strikes
- Population (2014 est.): 253.6 million
- UN Human Development Index rank: 108 (out of 187)
- Mercy Corps has worked here since 1999
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Indonesia: Amid a gold rush, infant health improves August 8, 2012
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Indonesia: Cleaner tempeh, for health and profit August 1, 2012
About an hour’s drive from the capital of Jakarta, Ribiyanto, a 37-year-old small business owner, is going about his daily task of making tempeh. The product, which is derived from fermented soybean, is a staple in the Indonesian diet.
Indonesia: Mothers connect in the field May 11, 2012
Portland, Seattle, Taipei, Jakarta, Brebes, Kutamendala. After 44 hours of travel my colleague and I wander into our final destination — a secluded village in the jungles of Java.
Indonesia: Emergency planning saves lives in Indonesia today April 11, 2012
Given the scale of the earthquakes that hit on Wednesday, the damage and impact on lives in West Sumatra's Aceh province has been minimal.
Indonesia: Monitoring quake aftermath in Indonesia April 11, 2012
Mercy Corps is monitoring the situation in Indonesia after a powerful 8.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra island on Wednesday.
Indonesia: From the source: Mothers provide perfect nourishment March 27, 2012
Infant mortality remains high in Indonesia, the result of acute malnutrition and illness. Breastmilk imparts key nutrients to protect babies' health, yet many mothers are misinformed and choose to feed their infants formula or other foods.
Indonesia: Cities and climate change: Mercy Corps joins the global discussion March 23, 2012
Next week London will host the Planet Under Pressure conference, a gathering designed to discuss solutions to the global climate challenge.
Indonesia: Neighborhood cleanup, one toilet at a time March 21, 2012
I recently met Mr. Ripan, a hardworking skilled builder in West Jakarta, Indonesia. He is the Head of Village within the neighborhood of Kali Deres and a big proponent of his community members installing toilets in their homes.
Indonesia: Neglected springs go from trickle to lifeline March 21, 2012
Padang is one of the world’s most vulnerable cities to earthquakes. Indonesia’s capital city is situated on a highly active fault line — the same one that triggered the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. And it is inevitable that another quake will hit in the future.
Indonesia: Healthier babies in Jakarta's poorest neighborhoods March 7, 2012
Did you know that a father holding his infant on his shoulder at the end of the day may be the best way to soothe a cranky child? The baby is often comforted by the father’s heartbeat and his calm demeanor, which relieves a tired and stressed mother after a long day of infant care.