$4M investment in RISE from Australian Government to construct essential water and sanitation infrastructure in Indonesia
17 June 2021
The Australian Government and Monash University have partnered to implement the RISE intervention, a water-sensitive upgrade, for six informal settlements in Indonesia. The grant is provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the Indonesia Australia Partnership for Infrastructure (KIAT).
The AU$4 million will construct sustainable infrastructure that enhances climate resilience for the first six settlements in the RISE trial in Makassar, Indonesia.
Improving the environmental, human health, wellbeing and resilience outcomes for millions of informal settlement residents is a key aim for governments, philanthropists and researchers.
‘The Australian Government is very pleased to increase its contribution to this important program. Our investment will not only deliver immediate benefits for those living in these vulnerable communities and complement local government initiatives around the upgrade of informal settlements, it will also strengthen Australia-Indonesia linkages and build evidence around scaling this innovation across Indonesia and the region’ she says.
RISE Makassar Build Team Leader Dr Ihsan Latief is ready to bring all the work of co-designing infrastructure with residents into reality. ‘Delivering on the technical solutions that have been designed together with residents is at the heart of what we are seeking to achieve,’ he says. ‘We know what the communities want, and we are committed to making it happen’.
DFAT’s investment builds on foundational funding and support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF). ADB/UCCRTF’s Technical Assistance grant in 2017 enabled the design and successful delivery of two demonstration projects – one in Fiji and one in Indonesia – which critically showcase how RISE’s water-sensitive infrastructure functions in informal settlement contexts.
Furthermore, ADB’s investment in project preparation for these six settlements has been invaluable in laying the foundations for the DFAT investment.
By delivering essential water and sanitation services, RISE aims to improve liveability, and transform urban health and wellbeing. The long-term ambition is to expand the water-sensitive approach across the Asia-Pacific and the world, to give millions the opportunity to live healthier and safer lives.
Cover image: infrastructure planning with a RISE community in Makassar, Indonesia, prior to COVID-19.