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INDONESIA

 
Total population (millions) 217.4
Life expectancy at birth (years) 66.8
GDP per capita (PPP US$)3,361
Adult literacy rate (% age 15 and above)87.9
Combined primary, secondary and tertiary gross enrolment % 66

Indonesia, which is home to the world’s largest Muslim population, is an equatorial archipelago of some 17,508 islands, the largest of which are Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua (the Indonesian half of New Guinea). Nearly 600 languages and dialects are spoken across the islands.

Indonesia is still recovering from the Asian Crisis of 1997-98 and the political instability that ensued. Following the bomb attack on the island of Bali, which led to the death of more than 200 people, the Indonesian government issued emergency counter-terrorism decrees and continues to work to combat transnational crime. Indonesia’s size and geography, coupled with political and religious tensions, have severely hampered development in the region and poverty and unemployment remain major problems.

Indonesia was severely affected by the tsunami on 26th December 2004, the epicenter of which was off the western coast of northern Sumatra. The tsunami devastated the shores of Indonesia and killed hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom are still missing. The region is now moving from emergency relief to reconstruction and rehabilitation.

The most recent Human Development Report ranks Indonesia at 110, with a medium human development rating status. The Human Development Index (HDI) value is 0.697 compared to the HDI of the UK, which is 0.939.

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These are our current projects in INDONESIA:

Tsunami & Earthquake Disaster Relief - Nias Island

In partnership with HOPE Worldwide Indonesia, WER provided emergency relief to thousands of people on Nias Island whose lives were greatly affected by the tsunami on 26th December 2004 and an earthquake which caused further destruction to the region on 28th March 2005.

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Emergency Relief – Java

WER is working with local partner agencies in Indonesia to deliver emergency aid to thousands of people left injured and homeless in the aftermath of the earthquake on 27 May 2006 and the tsunami on 17 July 2006.

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The factual information on each of the countries has been published in the United Nations Human Development Report 2005. Please refer to this document for more comprehensive information.

The FCO also provides detailed country profiles, explaining the history and politics of each of the countries. (FCO web site)