Partnering with Communities for Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Aceh and Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia

Publication | October 2009

Community participation was an essential element of the project’s approach to housing, agriculture, fisheries, irrigation, education, and rural water supply.


  • Community contracts and block grant modalities successfully channeled reconstruction funds directly to targeted beneficiaries.
  • Community participation hinged on effective support at all levels in partnership with and through the active involvement of local leaders and organizations.
  • Community participation in project delivery systems enhanced ownership; created local employment, especially for women; and produced better quality outputs.