January 2014: Cowater selected by the Australian Aid Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for a $60M Women’s Empowerment project in Indonesia

Building on Cowater’s 19 years of experience implementing development projects in Indonesia, Cowater has been selected by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as the Managing Contractor for the initial phase of an eight year program to improve access to critical services for three million poor women. The “Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction” (MAMPU) Program aims to improve the lives of poor rural and urban women in Indonesia by increasing access to jobs and social protection, improving conditions for overseas migrant labourers and strengthening leadership in the areas of maternal health and combatting violence against women. The program will work with national women’s and gender-interested organisations and their local partners to forge coalitions with others in the public and private sectors to advocate for and advance reforms to address poverty reduction for women. Project Implementation is well underway as Cowater International, in partnership with Abt JTA, will work with the Government of Indonesia and DFAT to implement and manage this flagship gender program.

This project will be managed by Cowater’s Social Development Group, taking advantage of the group’s unsurpassed technical expertise in gender equality.