RDI supported UNDP in the Social Innovation Platform Implementation In Sukabumi
On August 18, 2021, in cooperation with UNDP Indonesia, RDI organized a series of Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and workshops in Sukabumi to introduce and seek feedback on the project. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the community's economic sector, especially in rural areas, and has also hindered progress toward achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Indonesia. To mitigate the pandemic's effects, UNDP Indonesia, in partnership with the Ministry of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration (Kemendesa PDTT), with support from UNDP in Asia and the Pacific and the Agirre Lehendakaria Center (ALC) from Spain, established the Social Innovation Platform (SIP) project.
SIP represents a comprehensive social innovation approach that prioritizes inclusivity and pays attention to the process of systemic transformation and societal dynamics in a specific region. This platform-based approach facilitates collaboration among various stakeholders and initiatives to develop practical solutions within five solution portfolios. The SIP process incorporates key elements such as Systems Mapping, Deep Listening, Sensemaking, Co-creation, and Prototyping.
The project's kick-off meeting was conducted virtually by RDI on August 16, 2021. Following this meeting, RDI held an on-site Co-Creation FGD with the community on August 28-29, 2021, in Sukabumi, and subsequently, another virtual event.
On July 29, 2021, RDI conducted a capacity-building event titled "Understanding Climate Change, Roles, and Adaptive Capacity of Non-Normative Gender and Sexuality Communities." The event, moderated by Danang Azhari from RDI, featured facilitators Dr. Elizabeth A.S. Dewi (Parahyangan Catholic University), Doni Marmer, M.Env. (The University of Melbourne), and Anggun Pradesha (Inklusi Transperempuan - INTAN). It included discussion sessions where participants were divided into groups to address various topic-related questions.
Regarding risks associated with disasters, Ririn highlighted the economic impact on community members and the social stigma often attributed to the Non-Normative Gender and Sexuality (NNGS) group as the cause of weather changes.
When asked about the role colleagues could play in mitigating climate change risks, a representative from the Mikha Kebaya Foundation shared their participation in reforestation efforts and support for individuals who had lost their livelihoods due to damages caused by an andesite mine.
Regarding obstacles faced in participating in climate change adaptation efforts, an NNGS community member from Aceh noted the absence of climate change adaptation capacity-building in their region, despite widespread climate change impacts. The community members had never received training on this issue and were often blamed for climate change phenomena. The NNGS community's priority was self-protection from disaster impacts and discrimination.
In summary, many NNGS community members are unfairly considered responsible for environmental issues. Nevertheless, they remain highly supportive of one another in adapting to climate change, protecting the environment, and aiding fellow NNGS community members in diverse environmental conditions.
The project will proceed with the Co-Design phase in September, aimed at developing a Business Model for each initiative generated during the Co-Creation activities. Co-Design is anticipated to occur in the second week of October, leading to Business Model prototyping based on the Co-Design outcomes.
Written by RDI-Social Innovation Platform Team