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Resilience Development Initiative was founded in 2014 and is one of the leading research institutes in Bandung. It has seven research clusters that focus on addressing community resilience related issues. RDI has undertaken various research in renewable energy, disaster risks, regional and urban policy, children welfare and health, social and cultural dimension of a community and more. RDI perceives that interdisciplinary studies are crucial to further improve resilience in the face of extreme adversity as well as for the prevalence of evidence-based policymaking in Indonesia.

At the beginning of 2020, we have come to a realization that the COVID-19 is also part of the cross boundaries issues that we need to solve. The COVID-19 outbreak, now classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, represents yet another hazard to the wellbeing of humanity, one that threatens communities of all race, nationality, religion, and creed. An unprecedented global event.

As the virus began to spread to different parts of the world, we took note on how it affects wide-range of issues, from economic development, social welfare, to psychological health. As a response to this issue, we have launched a web page specifically for addressing COVID-19 related issues. Researching its impacts toward global societes, cities, economy and resilience would be our main focus. We will also realign our internship program and our research in 2020 as a form of commitment, including nature based solutions research as a way towards a more environmental approach.

Up until 2019, RDI has conducted intensive research studies with a diverse national and international universities and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). In 2018-2019 RDI has undergone a collaborative research project with Leeds University and partners from Tanzania, Congo and Uganda titled, “Creating Resilient Sustainable Microgrids through Hybrid Renewable Energy System” (CRESUM-HYRES). This year, RDI starts its global collaboration project, Digital Global Biogas Cooperation (DiBiCoo). Led by the GIZ Germany, the consortium consisted of partners from Argentina, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa and several European countries, with funding support from the European Union.

RDI has also given an early-career opportunity to more than 90 passionate young researchers and students from all across the globe, through our internship program. In expanding our reach around the globe, within the past year RDI has signed a new partnership with 5 new partners including with ICLEI Southeast Asia,Durham University and Lancaster University. This has brought our total number of partners to more than 30 institutions from all around the world.

In the coming years, RDI is planning to be more involved in advocacy programs to promote and protect justice and welfare of marginalized individuals or groups. RDI aims its research and studies can be beneficial and have an impact on society.

RDI hopes that the partnerships and collaborative research that has been conducted, will encourage more research and can contribute to the current body of knowledge of resilience studies and others as well.

Elisabeth Rianawati, Director


Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) is an Indonesia think tank initiative that focuses on issues such as disaster and climate resilience, renewable energy systems, gender equality, children welfare, and sustainable development, among others. Through involvement in these issues, RDI plays a part in contributing to the body of knowledge on sustainable development, social issues, and resilience research studies. As an organization supported by an effective research team, RDI presents a dynamic group and creative ideas to approach and solve resilience issues. RDI publishes working papers, conference proceedings, and journal papers. RDI members actively attend national and international conferences to disseminate RDI research findings.

To be a leading institute in research on sustainable development and resilience studies in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

RDI contributes to the body of knowledge on development and resilience research studies.

RDI has carried out a number of research projects in several locations in Indonesia, among others:
Our Facilities
  • Working Studios.
  • Meeting Hall.
  • Student lodging and budget hotels nearby RDI
  • Sport Facilities nearby RDI (Urban Gym), (Sabuga Joging Track and Swimming Pool)

Complete description about Resilience Development Initiative can be seen in RDI Profile 2020

Dr. Elisabeth Rianawati
RDI Profile 2022


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