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Indonesia: Humanitarian and recovery update - Aceh & Nias 16 Nov - 15 Dec 2005

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- The UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, former US President Bill Clinton paid his second visit to Aceh on 30 November. He gave a speech at the memorial service at one of the numerous mass graves and also met with a range of stakeholders, including the affected communities, civil society, the government, NGO and the UN agencies. (see more in Focus).

- Also on 30 November, BRR and the Office of the UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias (UNORC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The agreement formalizes the relationship between two agencies, through which the level of coordination as well as the effectiveness of relief, recovery and reconstruction is to be enhanced.

- On 17 November, the President of the Republic signed three Presidential Regulations relating to the Aceh/Nias reconstruction: Perpres 70/2005 on logistics and procurement procedures to accelerate shelter reconstruction; Perpres 69/2005 enabling BRR to arrange visas, work permits, customs clearance and tax exemptions for foreign grants; and Inpres 15/2005 fomalising the representation of GAM in BRR as per the MOU between GAM and the Government of Indonesia (GoI) signed on 15 August.

- The BRR media centre, located Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh, opened on 1 December. The centre is intended as a one stop shop where journalists can come for information on aid organizations and media tours and other events. The centre also comes with a free the media facility and lodging for journalists.

- 180 IFRC temporary shelter kits arrived in Banda Aceh between 2-6 December. 113 of these kits have started to be erected in 4 villages in Banda Aceh by Canadian Red Cross, Catholic Relief Service and Asian Development Bank. The remaining 67 arrived in Nias on 8 December. IFRC and YEU, a local NGO, are preparing the site located outskirts of Gunung Sitoli.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

BRR

Aceh Micro Finance (AMF) Programme

BRR launched the Aceh Micro Finance (AMF) programme on 18 November. BRR plans to set up some 73 AMFs at the village/sub-district level this year. Each AMF will be provided with an IDR410 million working-capital which it can use as the budget to generate some revolving capitals. The communities affected by the tsunami/earthquakes or those who live in the affected areas can submit business proposals.

Nias Islands Stakeholder Meeting (NISM)

BRR held the first Nias Islands Stakeholder Meeting (NISM) on 6 December in Jakarta. NISM aimed to take stock of progress thus far, identify gaps, and seek further support from donors. BRR estimates that approximately 70,000 persons became homeless and that the reconstruction for the first four years would require US$1 billion. A follow up meeting is planned for 17 January 2007 in Nias.

RAN (Recovery Aceh Nias) Database

The November data collection period for the RAN database was completed on 18 November. During this time, 129 organizations visited the BRR Drop in Centre and the outreach team supported 174 organizations by telephone.

The Operations Centre of BRR, with support from UNIMS and UNDP regional office, have undertaken a general cleaning of the data and entered data remaining from previous data collection exercises.

The RAN database now contains a total of 671 concept notes, representing over 500 organizations. The team is working to verify the presence of the organizations that are represented in the UNIMS contact database but not in the RAN. Furthermore, an approach for identifying new organizations arriving in Aceh and Nias needs to be defined.

The Operations Centre is currently finalising the output reports of the RAN data. District Reports, Sector Reports and a Summary Report will be soon available to support coordination, planning and data verification at various recovery fora.

BRR and the recovery community must work in partnership so that the potential of the RAN is fully realized in the coming months.

The Operations Centre through the one-to-one contact with implementing agencies has recorded all the difficulties encountered by the organizations in submitting data. The database will undergo continuous improvement. Already an offline version of the database is available and being tested to overcome many of the technical problems.

Over the coming weeks, BRR Operations Centre will also need to look in more detail at the methods for reporting financial data and progress monitoring data as well as moving forward with the development of additional modules.

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