Four Presidential Directives for Improving Disaster Management in Indonesia

Background According to the Head of BNPB (Indonesian Disaster Management Agency), Lieutenant General Doni Monardo, there were 3.523 disaster occurrences in 2020. It means, around 9 disasters were happened everyday.   The impact of those events were staggering. It caused 1.183 people died and 22,8 bilion rupiahs per year for the economic losses. Those numbers shows that nobody can face the disaster alone. Especially when we are dealing with the current event, namely COVID-19 pandemic while at the same time various disasters are also happened. However, Doni, said that Indonesia shows the ability to handle both disaster and pandemic impacts with the effort for recovering the economy.   It has been a year now since the first case of COVID-19 were announced in Indonesia. This can be a good momentum for evaluating the whole process in managing the pandemic and disasters. This is the time for examining the good work, and sharing success stories, while at the same time and improving the disast

Logistics for Humanitarian Action

During a crisis or emergency, affected people would need different kinds of logistics. However, due to many constraints, delivery logistics to the affected people and area often is problematic. For example, the problem might arise when different agencies work together in the same area, when there is disturbance for access to the affected area, and when there is a lack of logistics to be delivered. Despite all these challenges, logistics in humanitarian context is needed for saving lives and alleviate suffering of affected people. Therefor, facing this issue, logistics in humanitarian action aims to deliver logistics to the most needed through various strategies and overcoming different constraints. The question is how to conduct logistics for humanitarian in an emergency and crisis? For conducting humanitarian logistics, I was fortunate to join a week course on this issue in Subang, Malaysia in the late of 2019. This is the headquarter of UNHRD (United Nations Humanitarian Re

AHA Centre Executive Programme Graduation Ceremony

 At November 28, 2019, the journey of 18 AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme Batch 6 participants finally comes to an end with the graduation ceremony in BNPB Office Jakarta. This training comprised of 23 courses, visited to 5 countries, and lasted for 5 months. Participants of the course are 18 National Disaster Management Organisations (NDMOs) officers from 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS). Facilitators and training partners for the course are more than 21 international organization, universities, and institutes.  The objective of the ACE Programme is preparing the future leaders of disaster management in ASEAN who mastered the various aspects of disaster management, from preparedness, response, and recovery. Participants also are encouraged to appreciate the scope of international and intra-regional coordination and able to demonstrate the spirit of One ASEAN One Response.  There are four core competencies that would like to be achieved of the programme, namely an expert in

Disaster Preparedness in Japan

 This article is firstly appear in Medium . “Japan is an advanced country in disaster risk reduction policies, based on the experience of a variety of disasters and the recovery from them. Given that, we are capable of contributing to enhancement of resilience in the world.” Said Prime Minister Shinzo ABE, on February 1st, 2019, on his speech in the House of Councillors. From October 20th to 30th, together with AHA Centre Executive Programme participants from 10 different countries, I experienced the Japanese resilience towards disaster. During these 10 days, we joined in various lectures, visited different museums, and were experiencing many direct and indirect lessons learned during our journey. Therefore, it is hard to write all those experiences in a very short writing material. Hence, I would present some of the most important lessons from Japan, especially for preparing towards disaster threats. Understanding Disaster Risk Four years ago, in 2015, the Sendai Fram

ERAT Induction Course in a Glance

 This article firstly appears in Medium ASEAN region comprises of 10 different countries. The region is in the prone areas towards disaster threats. On the other hand, 600 million people living in this region. Thus, it causes a high level of disaster risks. The circumstance is even more challenging with the current world that volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). Facing this challenge, ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management ( AHA Centre ) was established in 2011. This regional institution is responsible for conducting coordination and collaboration in an emergency response aftermath disaster event. For assisting ASEAN member states in an emergency, AHA Centre forms Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ERAT). This team is the embodiment of the main tasks of the AHA Centre in the cooperation and coordination of humanitarian actions in the ASEAN region. In the 12th ERAT Induction Course in 6–12 October 2019, 23 partic