Integration of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Water Utilities in Indonesia News

24 January, 2024

Since mid-2020, Australia has supported the Performance Based Grants (PBG) scheme for water utilities in Indonesia through the Indonesia Australia Partnership for Infrastructure (KIAT).  On 15 December 2023, Cowater International, the PBG scheme implementing partners, launched the FERSIA (Forum Pelaksana GEDSI Perusahaan Air Minum Seluruh Indonesia – Forum for the Integration of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) in Water Utilities in Indonesia).

FERSIA works to enhance GEDSI responsiveness across all regional water utilities (PDAMs) in Indonesia.

Participation from across Indonesia in the hybrid event was overwhelming. Representatives from nearly 400 PDAMs joined senior officials from the Australian Embassy, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, the Ministry of National Development Planning, PERPAMSI (Persatuan Perusahaan Air Minum Seluruh Indonesia /Indonesia Water Utilities Association). Officials from 34 regions and members of civil society organisations (CSOs) and organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) were also in attendance.

The event featured a panel discussion session. The session showcased insights from KIAT’s experience and learning from integrating GEDSI approaches into water utilities’ management and services. The event was supported with the inclusion of a sign language interpreter.

The event also highlighted the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, celebrated globally in December.

GEDSI has been a central part of KIAT’s work, and the Facility has supported the advancement of more inclusive approaches in the water sector, ensuring access to water for all, including the elderly, women, and children. Through PBG activities, KIAT has worked with Indonesian partners to increase the number of women in PDAM management positions, enhance accessibility policies, recruit persons with disabilities and integrate GEDSI in annual organisational plans, alongside a greater involvement of CSOs and OPDs in decision-making processes. KIAT is managed and implemented by DT Global.

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