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SEARCH Webinar Series #1 "Lessons Learned from Non-Governmental Actors on the Implementation of Inclusive and Adaptive Disaster Response in Southeast Asia"

Since the occurrences of several large scale disasters in 2018 which included the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia has experienced several smaller scale disasters such as floods and landslides. This dynamic is a faithful reflection of Indonesia's tumultuous relationship with disasters. ISimilar could be said for other countries in the ASEAN region, such as the Taal volcanic eruption and the Vongfong cyclone in the Philippines which both occurred respectively in January and May 2020 (AHA Centre, 2020). Thousands of regular citizens were devastated by the disasters. However grim their situation was, more worryingly, it was difficult to determine to what extent persons with disability were affected by the recent disasters.

It is recognised that governments alone cannot achieve significant, sustainable risk reduction and that greater emphasis must be put on local-level and community-based approaches supported by NGOs or other community based organisations (Turoff et al., 2003; Benson, Twigg and Myers, 2001). In order to inclusively reduce disaster risk and increase resilience of vulnerable communities, which undoubtedly also include persons with disabilities, stakeholders in the region need to be equipped with the capacity and tools to prepare for and brace against disasters, absorb its impacts, and bounce back stronger.

A particular approach to do so is through community based disaster risk management ( CBDRM), a grassroots approach which promotes an integration of bottom-up and starting-point in the local actors in order to strengthen community's capacity to handle and mitigate disasters, increase their risk awareness and reduce vulnerability (Allen 2006; Shaw, 2012). There have been several successful examples of CBDRM in Indonesia, such as The Lam Teungoh Disaster Resilient Village Oktari and Kebonagung Village, which was awarded as the first Inclusive Disaster Resilient Village in the Special Province of Yogyakarta (Suminar & Pranindita, 2017) where persons with disability participate in planning and implementing actions aimed at increasing community resilience. It is with this spirit and aim that we conduct this webinar, to shed light on efforts which increase inclusivity in resilience building, reflecting on best practices and the many challenges present in the South East Asia Region.

This webinar is the first webinar to be conducted as part of the RDI South East Asia Resilience Hub (SEARCH) Webinar Series. This webinar series aims to bolster discussions between stakeholders in Southeast Asia and beyond on specific topics related to Disaster Risk Management in the SEA, to enhance knowledge sharing between stakeholders, and to share knowledge as well as experiences of stakeholders to audiences in the region and those interested in the SEA.


  • Share knowledge and disseminate findings gained by organisations working in disaster response with experiences related to aspects of inclusive community resilience and aspects of WASH in humanitarian and community response.
  • Highlighting the barriers faced by communities in Southeast Asia affected by disasters, and facilitating public discussion to increase the resilience of inclusive communities.
  • Describe information related to information systems that will be implemented through the DiBiCoo program; gathering input on information systems that can be used by stakeholders in Indonesia.
  • Facilitate the exchange of ideas between various stakeholders, including those from the public sector, practitioners, academics, and other government/non-government stakeholders.


  • Achieve sustainability attempts to increase inclusivity in resilience building, focusing on the aspect of community based disaster risk management (CBDRM).
  • Recognise best practices of CBDRM at national and international level that can be implemented in the future.

Time and Platform:
Tuesday, 25th of August 2020 at 13:00 - 14:40 PM Western Indonesia Time (UTC +7)
Zoom Meeting Room &  RDI Youtube Live


12.30 - 13.00
Webinar Preparation
13.00 - 13.10
Opening Remarks
Moderator: Suryani Amin - RDI Senior Research Fellow
13.10 - 13.15
RDI Introduction on Research related to Disasters and Climate Resilience
Jeeten Kumar - RDI Program Manager
13.15 - 13.30
Session 1 - "CBDRM and Inclusiveness in Indonesia"
RDI Senior Research Fellow & State University of Manado
13.30 - 13.50
Session 2 - "CBDRM inthe Current Context: Some Lessons Learnt from the Philippines"
Loreine B. Dela Cruz - Executive Director (Center for Disaster Preparedness)
13.50 - 14.10
Session 3 - "Why aren't we there yet? Early findings from 'Investing in Inclusive WASH"
Chrysant Lily Kusumowardoyo (Arbeiter- Samariter-Bund Indonesia and the Philipp
14.10 - 14.30
Questions & Answers, Discussion
RDI (moderator)
14.35 - 14.40
Closing Remarks
Moderator and all Speakers RDI (moderator)

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