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.
- 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
All stories about Indonesia
Indonesia: I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When I was young and all the kids in my class wanted to become a doctor or an engineer, I wanted to be a diplomat.
Indonesia: A busy week for disaster preparedness
Indonesia: Pushing back the sea
Indonesia: A video blog from Indonesia's remote Mentawai Islands
Indonesia: Babies and mothers at a Mother's Support Group in Jakarta
Some of the babies and mothers who attended the first Mother's Support Group in Jakarta's Cengkareng Barat neighborhood.
Indonesia: Mothers supporting mothers
When my first daughter was born, none of my closest friends had children and I was living far from my mother and grandmothers. I felt alone with my questions and concerns about sleep, diapers and breast feeding so I joined a local mother’s group.
Indonesia: Teaching disaster preparedness in paradise
We are in Padang, Indonesia, a city of about two million people located midway up the west coast of the island of Sumatra. It is an oil port and a surfer's paradise. It is also extremely vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis: a major fault line runs along the country's west coast.
Indonesia: Saving for the future, one coffee harvest at a time
Indonesia: Another busy day in the world's tenth-biggest city
I wasn't quite expecting to see as much of Jakarta as this. Today we met the Mercy Corps staff at their offices for a presentation of the various projects the organization is doing in Indonesia.
Indonesia: Not the typical sights of Jakarta
Today was an exhausting day. Our little group of Mercy Corps staff and supporters left the hotel early to drive out to West Jakarta where we toured an urban village, for lack of a better description.