IDEP Foundation



In 1998, Indonesia entered a phase of severe financial and social crisis. In response, a diverse group of people from Bali got together to discuss how they could best help. The group discussed the growing challenges being faced by Indonesian communities and conducted an evaluation of existing natural and human resources nationwide. They decided to focus attention on facilitating NGO program's in as many areas of Indonesia as possible through the 'Training of Trainers' in Permaculture Design. This training offered organizations the understanding and tools to assist their local communities to provide food, shelter, energy and other needs in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. One of the world's primary Permaculture experts, Robyn Francis, of 'Permaculture Education' at ERDA Institute, facilitated a 3-week intensive workshop that trained participants from some of the top NGOs throughout Indonesia, who were selected from over 200 applicants, as Permaculture Designers. At the suggestion of the initial 35 participants, Yayasan IDEP and Yayasan MACK (Membina Api Cinta Kasih) were officially founded to continue this important work. IDEP vision is safe and sustainable lives through understanding our interconnectedness with nature.
  • Community empowerment - 'Help people help themselves' through the provision of relevant information, demonstrations and training
  • Community resilience - Assist communities that are vulnerable to disaster to develop resilience in a sustainable way
  • Disaster relief - Support communities that have been struck by disasters to attain safety and empower them through the recovery process
  • Community
  • Sustainability
  • Continuous improvement
  • Benevolence
Objectives 2008-2013
  • Develop a replicable model for community resilience in Indonesia: Curricula - Permaculture, CBDM, Community Resilience for both adults and children; A living model for community resilience
  • Deliver training and educational media to communities, especially in disaster prone areas: Establish network of partners; Deliver training; Disseminate related educational media
  • Facilitate information flow and support capacity for advocacy: Support information flow between international, national, and community bodies; Support community capacity building for advocacy
  • Strengthen local disaster response and recovery.
  • Integrate community resilience into recovery and rehabilitation: Deliver appropriate community resilience training and educational media for communities in recovery; Use permaculture to rebuild community resources in a sustainable way
  • Permaculture design seeks harmonious integration of landscape and people to provide food, shelter, energy and other material or non-material needs in a sustainable way.
  • Disaster Managment. Indonesia is one of the most disaster prone nations in the world. It is located at the friction points of three continental tectonic plates, and has the largest number of historically active volcanoes in the world. Earthquakes are frequent and there is a high risk of volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods, landslides, forest fires, and, in some regions, drought and social unrest. Before, during and after disasters, IDEP works together with local communities to help increase resilience to disasters. In times of disaster IDEP works with a nationwide network of local partners to get people the assistance they need as quickly as possible. As with all of IDEP's programs, the aim of our Disaster Management work is to, "help people help themselves". We achieve this through community capacity building, demonstrations, and practical hands-on education. IDEP's mission for its Community Based Disaster Management (CBDM) program is to build local communities' resilience to disasters in a sustainable manner. Since 2002, this capacity building program has assisted local communities to implement a range of effective activities that help to reduce the chance of a disaster happening in their area, cause residents to be more prepared if disaster does happen, and facilitates a quicker and more sustainably recovery.
  • IDEP Foundation's Training & Consulting Team is dedicated to ensuring that NGOs and communities are provided with the training, tools and capacity building they need. IDEP is committed to ensuring that our trainees and project partners have the knowledge, tools and skills needed to develop and implement programs that have concrete and lasting impacts that support community development and disaster risk reduction.
  • Yayasan IDEP believes that there is a critical need for the education of Indonesia's youth in the fields of eco-literacy and practical problem solving skills to prepare the country's future leaders. To meet this need, IDEP has developed an outline for curriculum that has the potential to be implemented nationally. IDEP's current curriculum includes topics on environmental sustainability, conservation of natural resources, organic farming, waste management, and disaster management. With an extensive selection of fun and enriching media items produced especially for kids, IDEP intends to continually reach out to Bali's local green leaders of the future.
  • While delivering public education and campaigning activities for a wide range of projects and organizations in the region, the IDEP Media Unit also works with the IDEP program team members, partners, developers and projects throughout Indonesia to develop and publish educational and self-help resources.The media is designed to be used by people of all literacy levels, ensuring that key information is accessible to all sectors of society