Adapting to Climate Change in Eastern Indonesia
This is the final evaluation of World Neighbors’ Adapting to Climate Change in Eastern Indonesia program, which ended in 2013. The USAID program worked in five islands and targeted poor, rural communities.
The program aimed to help communities in ecologically fragile areas adapt to climate change, and to prepare plans to mitigate disasters they may face as a result.
The evaluation found that it is making good progress and is in alignment with government initiatives. After struggling at the beginning, it made gains once a strategy was put in place and expanded beyond target beneficiaries.
Communities incorporated new techniques such as terracing and were able to boost revenue. They also learned to use inexpensive clean energy technologies such as biogas; to market post-harvest products; and created new agricultural organizations and multi-stakeholder forums.
Communities are seeing behavior changes - such as saving more money and food; have greater awareness of climate threats; and are pushing local governments to take disaster risk reduction actions.
It noted, however, that the program may give too much flexibility to partners to keep improving the target villages and it ranked it as being inefficient in terms of cost. It listed recommendations for further improvement.