Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Activities in Indonesia

The Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of Sydney in partnership with Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) is finalising their collaborative project on including people with disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities in Indonesia.

The two year research project, funded by the Australia Development Research Award Scheme (ADRAS), is led by Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn has been building capacity in disability inclusive disaster risk reduction in four areas of Indonesia by bringing together the disability community and disaster risk reduction actors and agencies.

A national survey of agencies involved in disaster risk reduction in Indonesia has been undertaken. Four disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction training programs have been designed and implemented at the local level in four Indonesian provinces; a fifth one will be implemented in March-April 2015. A disaster risk resilience (DIDR) tool has been designed and piloted. Fourteen survey teams of people with disabilities and kaders (community workers) have used the DIDR tool to interview over 200 people with disabilities or their family members/ carers in the four field research areas. The knowledge gained through this project will inform DRR policy and practice at local and national levels. This knowledge is being shared at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai Japan, 14th-18th March 2015.

Click here for the flyer on Reflecting on Disability-inclusion within The HFA: Transforming Commitments into Action Post-2015.

Click here for the program related to persons with disability at the conference.

Through active participation in regional and international networks, project knowledge is helping to build the evidence base needed to decrease, or actively minimise the unacceptable fatalities and injuries currently experienced by people with disabilities in natural disasters across the globe, and make sure “nobody is left behind”.

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Mapping of organisations in Indonesia in disaster risk reduction (MOIDRR)

This is the first Technical Report in a three part series for the two year DFAT Australian Aid funded project (2013-2015), Promoting the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Disaster Management in Indonesia. This report details the mapping of organisations in Indonesia working in disaster risk reduction (DRR). The two year project was concerned with understanding the gaps between disability inclusive policy and practices in DRR and supporting opportunities to include people with disabilities in all phases of disaster risk management. The premise of this work was that reducing the vulnerability of people with disability during disasters is a key strategy to promote broader community resilience.

The direct and practical solutions that people with disability can offer to community-level DRR activities should be a key consideration within all phases of disaster risk management. Inclusion of people with disabilities in DRR before, during, and after disasters contributes to the “whole-of-community” approach to disaster resilience advocated in contemporary policy and enacted by DRR agencies. This project was initially framed within an increasing awareness of disability inclusion in DRR globally which is now articulated in the recently issued Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (UNDISR, 2015), and within an increasingly supportive policy environment in Indonesia.

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Capacity Building for Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia

This Technical Report details the Capacity Building component of the Promoting the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Disaster Management in Indonesia project. This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australian Development and Research Awards Scheme 2013-2015. This award scheme promotes research and development programs through collaboration between researchers in Australia and elsewhere and INGOs and NGOs in country.

Relevant to capacity building, two aims of the Promoting the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Disaster Management in Indonesia project were:

1. To increase the understanding of people with disabilities of Disaster Risk Reduction and their capacity to engage with Disaster Risk Reduction policy; and,

2. To understand and subsequently inform the knowledge base of village volunteers (Kaders subsequently referred to as cadres) and DRR administrators about DiDRR at local and national levels in Indonesia

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Practitioner Guidelines for Capacity Building for Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia

Disability inclusive disaster risk reduction (DiDRR) is increasingly recognised as an important component of community resilience in the event of a natural disaster as documented in the recent outcome of the 3rd World Conference, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. Central to disability inclusive disaster risk reduction is people with disabilities themselves and their capacities to participate in, and contribute to disaster risk reduction policies, practices and programs.

These Practitioner Guidelines provide orientation to the Work Packages undertaken to build the capacity of people with disabilities in disaster risk reduction in Indonesia as part of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australian Development and Research Awards Scheme funded project, 2013-2015, Promoting the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Disaster Management in Indonesia. These Work Packages formed one component of the project with knowledge transfer and capacity building supplemented by other methods within the project, including coaching and sponsoring participation of select trainees at key post-2015 DRR policy events.

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The Disability Inclusive Disaster Resilience (DiDR) Tool: Development and Field Testing

This is the third Technical Report in a three part series for the two year DFAT Australian Aid funded project (2013-2015), Promoting the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Disaster Management in Indonesia. This report details the development, refinement and field–testing of the Disability Inclusive Disaster Resilience (DiDR) tool.

The purpose of the DiDR tool is to identify the resilience and capabilities of people with disabilities to natural disasters in their family and community setting. The tool is designed to be used by people with disabilities, their families or carers and thereby to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policy making and strategy implementation.

The tool assesses the resilience of people with disabilities by bringing together four components known to be fundamental to disaster risk reduction: the individual’s functioning status, their level of participation in their communities, the physical vulnerability of their place of residence, and individual risk predictors known to influence the behaviour of the general population before, during and after a natural hazard emergency.

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Include All, Safety for All (Video Resource)

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank, 2011 15% -20% of the world’s population are persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are exposed to very high risks in the event of a disaster. Disability can increase the risk of already at-risk groups including children and women. Because of the disproportionate risk that persons with disabilities face in times of disaster, it is important to ensure persons with disabilities have relevant Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) knowledge.

This video was produced as part of "Promoting the Inclusion of People with Disability in Disaster Management in Indonesia", a partnership project between Arbeiter Samariter Bund (ASB) & the Centre for Disability Research and Policy (CDRP), University of Sydney with support from Australian Aid in 2013 - 2015.



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