European Union and Hivos Launch ACTION Project to Reduce Impact of COVID-19 in DKI Jakarta, West Java, Yogyakarta, West Nusa Tenggara and South Sulawesi

November 18, 2020



Jakarta, 18 November 2020 In response to the impacts of COVID-19, Hivos together with five consortium members, CISDI, KAPAL Perempuan, PAMFLET, PUPUK, and SAPDA virtually launched a new EU-funded project, Active Citizens Building Solidarity and Resilience in Response to COVID-19 (ACTION). The project is intended to increase the participation of civil society organisations in preventing, addressing, and mitigating risks and vulnerabilities associated with the COVID-19 crisis. It will also ensure that vulnerable and marginalized groups in Indonesia have equal access to social and economic recovery efforts resulting from the pandemic.

The event was attended by the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, representatives of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Affairs, COVID-19 Response Acceleration Task Force, Youth Interfaith Forum on Sexuality, civil society organisations, community health centres, private sector (SMEs), and the media. The European Union was represented by the EU Ambassador to Indonesia.

The ACTION project is fully funded by the EU with €2.5 million or IDR 42 billion. The project will operate in 15 sub-districts and 40 villages in DKI Jakarta, West Java, Yogyakarta, West Nusa Tenggara and South Sulawesi. They are among the top 10 provinces in Indonesia with an increasing number of COVID-19 caseload and significantly impacted by the pandemic. Some regions have a high population density, a high number of vulnerable groups, high poverty rates, and a relatively low level of gender equality, and therefore need assistance for reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission and social and economic recovery.

The ACTION Project will be completed by 2022 and will work in two phases. The first phase will focus on the initial response to the pandemic and the second phase will mitigate the social and economic impacts.

“The European Union is proud to support the ACTION project to overcome the health crisis caused by COVID-19 and to reduce the economic and social impact it has on the people of Indonesia, especially the poor and vulnerable groups. This project is part of the ‘Team Europe’ approach, in which the EU and the EU Member States join up to assist Indonesia in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Together Team Europe has raised a total budget value of €200 million (IDR 3.5 trillion) for projects in Indonesia.

Key for the EU is that our projects produce direct benefits for the citizens. The ACTION project will do so in 15 sub-districts and 40 villages in DKI Jakarta, West Java, Yogyakarta, West Nusa Tenggara and South Sulawesi. It will provide personal protective equipment for health workers, hygiene kits and hand washing stations, as well as give access to teleconsultation and home visit services for vulnerable and high-risk groups,” said EU Ambassador Vincent Piket. “This project will also offer intensive business coaching for 100 small and medium-sized enterprises to grow their business, and to support 400 small-scale producers to access markets and new sources of income. This will improve sustainable livelihoods and bring concrete benefits to 15,000 rural and urban poor in DKI Jakarta, West Java, Yogyakarta, West Nusa Tenggara and South Sulawesi,” he added.

Biranchi Upadhyaya, Regional Director of Hivos Southeast Asia, stated that “ACTION, being fully in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), opens up the chance for us and all our partners to join hand-in-hand in collaboration to tackle the adverse consequences of COVID-19 through a multi sectoral intervention. As the project focuses on rapid response and addresses the social and economic recovery phase, we need to pay close attention for the marginalized and vulnerable groups impacted by the pandemic by upholding the principles of gender equality and inclusivity.”

With the capacity of each partner, it is expected that the objective of the project which is to enhance resilience and solidarity of the target groups, namely women, people with disabilities, the elderly, youth, farmers, landless labourers, and small-scale producers in responding to the impact of the pandemic will be achieved.

CISDI will reach the target groups from the health sector to economic improvement. CISDI and other partners will work together to increase community resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has multi-dimensional impacts. KAPAL Perempuan believes that mitigating the impact of pandemic can start by integrating gender issues in the economic, social, and cultural sectors, one of which is through efforts to prevent child marriage.

In line with the objective of the project, PAMFLET will empower the youth to recover from the pandemic and will build cooperation with community groups that have not been able to reach public services. Meanwhile, PUPUK is committed to assist the affected micro and small entrepreneurs (SMEs) to rebuild their business. SAPDA will assist persons with disabilities in facing the complex challenges caused by the pandemic and provide the necessary support.



About EU’s coronavirus response in Indonesia

To support partner countries in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, the EU has launched the “Team Europe” approach. The objective of the “Team Europe” approach is to combine resources from the EU, its Member States and European financial institutions. “Team Europe” has mobilised around €200 million in grants and loans to support Indonesia. €6 million or IDR 108.5 billion in grants are dedicated to support civil society organisations to address the health and socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 crisis in Indonesia. More info:

About European Union

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union between 27 Member States. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms.  In 2012, the EU was awarded  the Nobel Peace Prize for

advancing the causes of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. The EU is the largest trade block in the world; as well as the world’s largest source and destination of foreign direct investment. Collectively, the EU and its Member States are the largest donor of Official Development Assistance (ODA), providing more than half of ODA globally.

About the ACTION Project consortium:


Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies. For more information, please visit:

Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI):

CISDI is a civil society organization that supports the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through health development and involvement of youth in health development. CISDI conducts a study of issues based on experience in managing primary healthcare reinforcement programs in sub-urban areas as well as outermost, frontier, and the least developed areas, research and analysis of health policies, social change campaigns, and its involvement in health diplomacy at the national and international levels. For more information, please visit:

Alternative Education Circle for Women (KAPAL Perempuan):

The establishment of KAPAL Perempuan is to build women and social movement that are capable of realizing social justice, gender equality and justice as well as peace in the public and private sphere. KAPAL focuses on strengthening women’s leadership through feminist critical education, organizing and evidence-based advocacy, especially for women at the grassroots. For more information, please visit:


Pamflet is a human rights based organisation founded and organised by young people. We are focusing on youth movement, as well as encouraging new initiatives for change in social and cultural areas, especially related to human rights issues, politics and democracy, and gender and sexual diversity. We support the youth movement in Indonesia and manage the knowledge on youth through developing centers of information, documentation and organising capacity building for young people. For more information, please visit:

The Association for Advancement of Small Business (PUPUK):

PUPUK was established from initiation program of Small Industries Advancement (PIK) – West Java Chamber of Commerce (KADIN Jawa Barat), and the initiatives of three professional groups of Entrepreneurs, Academics, and Economic Activist began in 1979 in cooperation with a German institution, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung (FNSt). In 1988 declared independently with the goals to expanding the region scope and more comprehensive achievements and institutionalized into PUPUK, and was legalized as an Association. PUPUK provides technical assistance to empower small businesses and strengthen the ecosystem to stimulate new strong entrepreneurs in facing economic competition. For more information, please visit:

Advocacy Center for Disability, Women and Children (SAPDA):

SAPDA Foundation, stands for Advocacy Center for Disability, Women and Children, based in Yogyakarta, and established in July, 2005, is a non- governmental organization (NGO) with a vision of “the struggle to bring about change, justice, freedom, welfare & equality to fulfill and protect the rights of women, persons with disabilities and children in an inclusive society on the basis of equal human rights. For more information, please visit:


For further details, please contact:

Yesua YDK Pellokila | ACTION Project Manager, Hivos SEA |


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