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
All stories about Indonesia
Indonesia: Reaching Her Dreams January 21, 2003
Indonesia: Where there is a Will, There is a Way December 16, 2002
Indonesia: When Mothers Speak, Milk Prices Come Down - And So Does a Government November 7, 2002
Traditionally, women in Indonesia are often not involved in decision making, even over everyday household and community issues. But in 1998, small groups of Indonesian women initiated protests that helped to change the history of the world's fifth most populous nation.
Indonesia: Peaceful Water to Cool Conflict October 2, 2002
Indonesia: Microfinance for the Poor August 28, 2002
Microfinance is considered to be one of the most effective tools to combat poverty, but the question that one needs to ask is: "Do poor people get access to financial services through microfinance?"
Indonesia: Making Peace In Maluku June 20, 2002
For over two years, Mercy Corps has been working in Maluku province in eastern Indonesia, where communal conflict has been ongoing since early 1999.
Indonesia: Heavy Rains leave 300,000 homeless in Indonesia February 1, 2002
Torrential monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta this week, forcing more than 300,000 residents to flee their homes in search of shelter in mosques, churches and schools.
Indonesia: From Rags to Riches January 7, 2002
An Indonesian organization in Jampang Bogor, West Java has found a unique way to earn extra income and thanks in part to a small grant from Mercy Corps what started out as a hobby has turned into a small business.
Indonesia: Building Bridges by Example November 30, 2001
Indonesia: Congressman Hall tours Mercy Corps' Programs in Jakarta, Indonesia July 24, 2001