About the Power of Partnerships

The December 2004 tsunami, which killed over 200,000 people in Aceh, Indonesia’s northernmost province, was a stark reminder of the country’s vulnerability to disasters. This tragedy was followed by the devastating 2005 earthquake in Nias, the 2006 earthquakes and tsunami in Java, and the 2010 eruptions of Mount Merapi, each event reinforcing the natural fragility of the archipelago. 

While disasters are inevitable, being a disaster victim is not. The Multi Donor Fund for Aceh and Nias (MDF), a partnership between the Indonesian government, donors, development agencies, NGOs and local communities, provided successful models and approaches for recovering from and preparing for natural disasters.

This book shows how the MDF helped communities in Aceh and Nias recover from unimaginable devastation. It is more than a story of survival in the face of tragedy. It is a story of how decisive leadership, good planning, financial support, technical expertise and sound project execution can restore life to shattered communities. It is a story of how a nation can learn from its experiences and contribute to the global body of knowledge.

The MDF did more than rebuild. It also showed that the power of partnerships can overcome unthinkable challenges and leave behind a valuable legacy.