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Integrated People-Driven Reconstruction in Post-Tsunami Aceh, Indonesia
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- Indonesia
- Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation

Urban Poor Linkage (UPLINK) Indonesia, initiated in July 2002, is a coalition of grassroots/community based organizations and NGOs focusing on urban poverty and impoverishment issues. Uplink envisions a city where social, economic and cultural diversities are positive resources and strength for a socially just and democratic city, as well as where the urban poor are strongly organized and independent, and are able to develop a pro-poor counter system.

The main purpose of the project is the reconstruction of Aceh community life following the devastating effects of the 2004 tsunami through provision of 3,331 homes, reconstruction of houses and infrastructure; economic renewal; reinforcement of social relations and cultural cohesion; and environmental regeneration. The target beneficiaries are the tsunami survivors, mainly fisher-folk communities along the west coast in 23 villages in Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar, areas worst hit by the tsunami where all buildings and houses were swept away by the high waves, leaving about 10% human survivors.

The main achievements and outcomes have been physical, social and cultural. Physical - the construction of quake resistant and flood safe houses, village level infrastructure, restoration and implementation of organic farming, revival of the community economy. Social - the establishment of community-based organisations (JUB) and its organizational mechanisms; increased social cohesion of the community. Cultural - the increase of trust among community members; awareness of the importance of solidarity, social control and participation. The impacts have included restoration of a sense of security and stability to a traumatized community, improved long-term livelihood prospects, strengthening the sense of community cohesion in an area which had been torn apart with years of civil strife. There has been increased awareness among government, NGOs and other agencies working with similar projects on importance of people’s participation in the reconstruction process. Policy change has been evident with government changes in its two free kilometer free-zone policy for post-tsunami coastal areas, to no-free-zone policy with safety and security as the main guiding features.

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