In Indonesian Disaster Response, Private Sector Engagement Poses Problems

The private sector’s increasing engagement in disaster response in Indonesia is a welcome development but it creates challenges in terms of coordination and planning, aid experts have noted.

“While its efforts are self-funded and it can provide invaluable resources, the private sector is not trained in disaster mitigation,” Titi Moektijasih, a humanitarian affairs analyst with the Indonesian office of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said according to IRIN.

Moektijasih explained that the coordination of aid operations, particularly in Indonesia, can be further organized and improved.

OCHA said private sector involvement in disaster response has increased significantly in the past two years. In Indonesia, this rising engagement included an increase in international humanitarian aid received by the country.

Private sector assistance was particularly significant in the aftermath of the twin natural disasters that struck Indonesia in October 2010, according to Hartje Robert Winerungan, spokesperson for Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency, which oversees the disaster mitigation operations conducted by the government, civil society and private sector.

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