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Resilience Development Initiative was founded in 2014 and is one of the leading research institute in Bandung. It has seven research clusters that focusing 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.

Up until 2019 RDI has conducting an intensive research studies with a diverse international and national universities. In 2018-2019 RDI has undergone a collaborative research project: titled Creating Resilient Sustainable Microgrids through Hybrid Renewable Energy System (CRESUM-HYRES) with Leeds University, Dar Es Salam University, Makarere University, Universite Marien Ngouabi, and Universitas Kristen Wira Wacana Sumba. In March 2017 MoU between Leeds University, School of Geography, and RDI has been signed as a part of research and capacity buildings scheme.

Since its beginning RDI has managed to successfully secure grants from numerous donor such as European Union, Global Challenges Research Funds, Knowledge Frontiers and Authoraid of United Kingdom, International Foundation of Science (IFS) Sweden, and other International Organizations and funding sources. In 2019 RDI has been selected to join a global collaboration project Digital Biogas Cooperation (DiBiCoo) supported by the EU along with Argentina, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa and several European countries.

One of RDI’s capability as both research and academic institution is its ability to offer an early-career opportunity for passionate young researchers and also international and domestic students through an internship program. In the coming years RDI is planning to involve more with advocacy program 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.

In a highly competitive environment RDI emerged to become an independent think tank in Bandung which has more than 30 institutional partnership with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and international and domestic universities. RDI hopes that the collaborative research with keen and sharp minds that had been conducted will encourage more research and can contribute to the current body of knowledge of resilience studies and others as well.


Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) is an Indonesian think tank initiative that focuses on community, environmental change and sustainable development. RDI contributes to the body of knowledge on development and resilience research studies. As an organization promoted by research team, RDI presents a dynamic group and creative ideas to approach and solve resilience issues. RDI continuously publishes working papers, conference proceedings and journal papers. RDI members actively attend national and international conferences to disseminate research findings.

To be a leading institute in research on sustainable development and resilience studies in Indonesia and South East 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 Initative can be seen in RDI Profile 2019