IRSA would like to congratulate the following recipients of the 2019 IRSA-Local Government Innovation Research Support:
Saut Sagala (ITB), Hengki Eko Putra (RDI),¬†Herryal Zoelkarnaen Anwar (RDI): “Addressing Disaster Risk Financing in lndonesia: The Role of lnsurance”

We received a very large number of applications and the selection processes have been highly competitive. We hence hope good quality of research outputs could come out from this research project. It is expected that the winner will present their project at the 15th IRSA Conference in Banda Aceh.

*The reviewers were Prof. Budy P. Resosudarmo (ANU), Prof. Arief Anshory Yusuf (UNPAD), Dr. Hefrizal Handra (UNAND), Dr. Djoni Hartono (UI), Dr. Devanto S. Pratomo (UNIBRAW), Dr. Alin Halimatussadiah (UI)

2019 IRSA-Local Government Innovation Research Support on Disasters


Indonesia is the largest archipelagos located on the ring of fire in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. The country, hence, is among those which are prone with disasters related to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. One of the major disasters in the last 20 years was caused by the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004; severely affecting Aceh province and the island of Nias. After this event, Indonesian government, both central and local, has tried to develop a comprehensive national disaster management system. It started from enacting the Disaster Management Law (Law No. 24/2007) in 2007, establishing the National Agency of Disaster Management (BNPB), followed by several Regional Agencies of Disaster Management (BPBD). Several initiatives on early warning system and procedures for rescue and relief activities has been develop. It supposes that by now Indonesia would be able to better manage disasters compared to the situation in Aceh due to the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

Few districts, cities and provinces in Indonesia are beginning to develop innovative approach in reducing risks from disasters. Many, however, do not seem to be able to develop more innovation in reducing disaster risks. The recent earthquake in Palu, for example, showed that both local and national governments are still struggling to better manage a large-scale disaster. The early warning system did not seem to properly work, a standard operating procedure to arrange rescue and relief from related ministries/agencies, if it is available, did not seem to be that effective.

The understanding of conditions under which such innovations could occur among local is empirically limited. There is certainly a need to discuss and learn from successful local governments who are able to develop innovation in reducing disaster risks.

Research Support

As an initiative to increase knowledge about how and why innovation in reducing disaster risks and early warning system could occur among local governments, IRSA-Local Government Innovation program provides support to those conducting research in this area. . The support is in the form of small research grants of Rp. 25,000,000 to one or two quality research that potentially can produce new knowledge of local government innovation in Indonesia.

Research topics

Specific research topics can be, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What environments could help to create innovation in disaster risk reduction and early warning systems in regions/localities?
  • What are the impacts of innovations in the area of disaster risk finance and insurance in the regions/localities on development outcomes?
  • Have democratization and decentralization produced innovative local/regional development actors, including political leaders, in managing disasters and if so, to what extent?
  • To what extent do political leaders or public figures play a role in the innovation of social safety nets in the regions/localities?
  • To what extent can bureaucracy be transformed to create innovation in disaster risk management and early warning system in the regions/localities?
  • Are there any examples of best practice in the regions/localities related to local government innovations in disaster management that can be replicated in other areas?

Who can apply?

Indonesian researchers in any discipline who are willing to present their research findings at the 15th IRSA International Conference in Banda Aceh on 22-23 July 2019.


Announcement: 1 December 2018

Deadline of proposal submissions: 28 February 2019

Notification of the winner: 31 March 2019

Presentation of the findings: 22-23 July 2019

Final paper submissions: 31 August 2019


The proposal needs to be made via the following downloadable form and submitted via email to heriyaldi[at] Please make sure that you also submit your abstract to the 15th IRSA International Conference.