The year 2022 marks 16 years of RDI as an established think tank in Southeast Asia. The core mission of RDI is research–therefore, RDI promotes research based on the needs and opportunities. We aim to strengthen our research on resilience studies and sustainable development at the local and regional levels. This year, we have conducted various research and activities nationally and internationally. In Indonesia, we have covered East Nusa Tenggara, West Java, North Sumatera, and others. We have also reached ASEAN countries such as Malaysia, Cambodia, and the Philippines.
This year, RDI plans to strengthen the partnership across global think tanks and institutions in Southeast Asia. We strive to work closely with other parties to be involved in more interdisciplinary studies that are crucial to further improve resilience in extreme adversity as well as for the prevalence of evidence-based policymaking. RDI aims to spread out more impacts to broader communities across countries through our research and consultancy in the implication of resilience and sustainable development goals. One of our highlights this year is the collaboration between RDI and ASEAN Secretariat. We have successfully commenced a Joint Study on Urbanisation, People Mobility, and Inclusive Development across the Urban-Rural Continuum in ASEAN. At the local level, we have also implemented the Urban Living Labs (ULL) project, “Making Displacement Safer: Building Resilience of Urban Displaced”. It is funded by the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) and USAID. RDI has participated in more than 15 collaborative projects in 2021, including research and consultancy program in collaborations with several global organisations, namely ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), OXFAM, and Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP). Starting this year, we also coordinated with AHA Centre as the consultant for the ASEAN Standards and Certification for Expert in Disaster Management (ASCEND) Toolbox Development. The ASCEND aims to support and contribute to regional resiliency by ensuring the competency of disaster management professionals to handle disasters across the region.
Now, RDI has become an emerging think tank in Southeast Asia which has more than 50 institutional partnerships with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and universities. RDI has signed new partnerships with several new clients and partners, including with SURFAID, ASEAN Secretariat, Arbeiter Samariter Bund (ASB), UNDP Accelerator Lab, University of Leeds, Lincoln University, Gender Disaster Network, ASEAN YCV, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network, and many more. Some partnership initiations are on the way, which we believe will strengthen our vision to support research and produce knowledge on resilience studies in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
In expanding our reach around the globe, RDI has also given early-career opportunities to more than 250 passionate young researchers and students from all across the globe through our internship program. Until this year, we also have 105 research fellows from Indonesia and
Southeast Asia to join us and collaborate through our projects. We have hosted more than 20 workshops with various themes and clusters for external audiences and internal teams. This year, to celebrate 16 years of excellence, I would like to express my gratitude to the advisory board, researchers, fellows, and organization partners for all of their support in RDI’s research development. In the coming years, RDI plans to be more involved in advocacy programs to promote and protect the justice and welfare of marginalized individuals or groups. RDI aims its research and studies can be beneficial and impactful for society.
Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) is an Indonesian think tank initiative that focuses on issues such as disaster and climate resilience, renewable energy systems, gender equality, children welfare, and sustainable development, among others. Through involvement in these issues, RDI plays a part in contributing to the body of knowledge on sustainable development, social issues, and resilience research studies.