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Indonesia has seen significant economic growth in recent years, but poverty and inequality persist. Small-scale producers receive no benefit from the country’s financial growth and employment can be unstable and unpredictable, particularly for people experiencing poverty and women. Women are also often excluded from making decisions at home and within their communities, and gender-based violence remains prevalent.

As one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, Indonesia is experiencing the impact of climate change firsthand. Made up of 17,000 islands, over 800,000 km of coastline and home to more than 100 active volcanos, Indonesia is highly vulnerable to sea-level rise, earthquakes, cyclones, droughts and volcanic eruptions.

Oxfam has had a presence in Indonesia since 1957. Oxfam Australia’s current priorities are to help address gender inequality, economic disadvantage and preparing for and responding to disasters. We focus on the eastern provinces of Indonesia where poverty is the deepest.



Indonesian Women in Leadership project

In Indonesia, women often experience violence, early marriage and limited job opportunities. The Indonesian Women in Leadership project is addressing gender inequality by reducing violence against women and girls, increasing women’s opportunity to earn an income, and promoting women’s leadership in politics and society. We are also working with men and boys, as well as traditional and religious leaders, to address harmful social norms, attitudes and behaviours that contribute to women’s marginalisation. This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program.

Indonesia Climate and Disaster Resilient Communities project

Disaster, coupled with the impacts of climate change, can have a significant impact on local livelihoods in Indonesia. The Indonesia Climate and Disaster Resilient Communities project is supporting vulnerable rural and urban communities to understand the risk that climate change and natural disasters present to their communities and is assisting them to manage and minimise those risks. The project is also increasing farmers’ use of climate-resilient sustainable agriculture and connects them with local government and the private sector to make sure there are markets for selling these goods. This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program.


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