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Development partnership in Indonesia

Australia’s response to COVID-19 in Indonesia

Australia has reoriented its development program in Indonesia to respond directly to COVID-19, including a step up of $21 million to support Indonesia’s immediate health, humanitarian and economic response.

We have taken early action to refocus Australia’s development program on the COVID-19 response. We are working with our Indonesian partners to support them plug critical gaps in the health system, improve cross-agency emergency coordination. We are also providing high-level economic and fiscal policy advice. Simultaneously, we are supporting food security and helping to implement social safety nets, including cash transfers to the poor and social protections for vulnerable groups such as women and girls, minority groups, and people with disabilities.

The step up of $21 million in 2019-2020 uses existing programs and partnerships to address immediate health and humanitarian needs, including

  • improving disease prevention, surveillance and control through the World Health Organization ($5m)
  • support through the Red Cross and local civil society partners to enhance community preparedness and response measures ($6.4m)
  • provision of essential health supplies through the Centre for Health Security ($2m)
  • enhancement of sanitation and hygiene measures through UNICEF ($4m)
  • support for economic stimulation and maintenance of essential services delivery through the World Bank ($2.6m).

We are continuing to explore opportunities for further support through existing development partnerships and programs in support of Indonesia’s COVID-19 response and recovery, and are continuing to engage with key development partners to coordinate efforts.

Our long-standing development partnership with Indonesia

Australia’s new development strategy, Partnerships for Recovery sets out how Australia’s development program will respond to COVID-19, including in Indonesia. Our partnership with Indonesia will help maximise the effectiveness of Indonesia’s own national response efforts.

  • we will jointly determine shared priorities
  • we will develop a new COVID-19 Country Response Plan, in close consultation with the Government of Indonesia.

The Australian Government is committed to working with Indonesia to support its response to the humanitarian, health, economic and social challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic

  • this is in the long-term interest of the stability, prosperity and resilience of our region
  • as close friends and neighbours, it is vital for both our countries and the region, that Australia and Indonesia emerge from this crisis stable and resilient.

Australia has reoriented its development program in Indonesia to respond directly to COVID-19, including a step up of AUD 21 million to support Indonesia’s immediate health, humanitarian and economic response. We will build on our longstanding bilateral development partnership to assist Indonesia’s recovery, including supporting institutional, economic and social reforms.

We have a long history of collaboration with Indonesia on health security. Our new bilateral Australia-Indonesia Health Security Partnership, announced during President Widodo’s state visit to Australia, is working directly with counterparts to build stronger systems to respond to public health threats

  • through this Partnership, together with Australia’s Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, we will assist Indonesia in developing and implementing its COVID-19 response plan,
  • this will include support for community preparedness, information systems development, surveillance, and laboratory support
  • we will continue to collaborate and coordinate with international health partners such as the World Health Organization, and other bilateral donors.

Our new bilateral development program, the Australia-Indonesia Partnership in Disaster Risk Management (SIAP SIAGA), is supporting the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) in its new role as the lead on Indonesia’s response to the crisis

  • we are providing 13 specialist advisers to the Task Force in areas of public health including: policy development, public health awareness campaigns, stakeholder engagement and information management
  • we are supporting Indonesia’s Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Social Affairs with a further four advisers with expertise in stakeholder engagement, public health and policy development
  • we have set up a team of advisers in Bali, and East Nusa Tenggara, to support sub-national governments’ efforts to manage the crisis
  • we are partnering with Indonesian civil society organisations such as the Indonesian Red Cross and Muhammadiyah to support community awareness and preparedness, including ways to strengthen inclusion for vulnerable groups such as people living with disabilities and the elderly.

Our bilateral economic governance partnership PROSPERA, is providing high-level economic and fiscal policy advice to key Indonesian ministries on how to mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19

  • including through impact assessments, budget reallocation analysis, immediate stimulus response, and longer term recovery work.

We are also helping Indonesia implement social safety nets through MAHKOTA, our social protection program, ensuring that marginalised groups particularly affected by COVID-19 are able to access support such as cash transfers, food assistance, and free electricity to those most in need.

Through our gender equality and women’s empowerment program MAMPU, and social inclusion program PEDULI, we are working with civil society organisations to ensure poor and vulnerable women, and minority groups, including people with disability can access new social assistance measures in the face of COVID-19

  • MAMPU is supporting women with alternative livelihoods for informal workers who have lost their jobs
  • PEDULI is working with Ministry of Villages to promote social inclusion guidance to all 83,900 villages in Indonesia, which will help to ensure minority groups are actively considered in village level responses to COVID-19
  • we are also helping to minimise the potential negative flow-on impacts from the virus, such as increases in child marriage or gender-based violence.

Australia is working closely with the Indonesian government, managing contractors, and other implementing partners to adapt the development partnership to respond appropriately in a rapidly changing environment

  • we have developed business continuity and contingency plans to enable us to continue delivering on our development partnership commitments.

Consistent with the travel advice, at-risk diplomats, non-essential Embassy staff, and the families of posted officers, have returned to Australia

  • they are continuing to work, albeit remotely, on delivering Australia’s high-quality, impactful development program for the duration of their relocation to Australia.
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