In Indonesia we focus on improving energy supply, increasing agricultural returns, providing opportunities in tertiary education and reducing loss from disasters.


Our aid programme to Indonesia is New Zealand’s largest bilateral programme outside the Pacific. The programme aims to support increasing prosperity in this rapidly developing country, and has a particular focus on the least-developed provinces in Eastern Indonesia.  

Total aid to Indonesia is made up of programme funding for activities specific to Indonesia, as well as other funding which can include scholarships, regional initiatives, activities supported through the Partnerships Fund, and humanitarian response.

Shared vision

We have a Joint Commitment for Development plan with Indonesia covering 2017 to 2022. This sets out the shared vision of our two governments, specifies the priority areas we’re focused on, the funding we’ll provide and the results we expect.

Joint Commitment for Development 2017-2022 

What we're supporting

We're working closely with the Indonesian Government and local agencies on several aid activities.

Priority Activities and outcomes

Renewable energy
Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy

Accelerating Indonesia’s geothermal development through the provision of technical assistance and capacity building from Jacobs New Zealand in a $10 million, five-year activity with the Ministry of Mineral Resources (MEMR) and PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (PT SMI).

Supporting the Government of Indonesia’s geothermal energy human resources development strategy including through targeted training in geothermal well drilling.


Strengthen resilience

Improving the identification and management of natural hazards, and reducing loss from natural disasters through the
Strengthened Indonesia Resilience: Reducing Risks from Disasters (StIRRRD) project.  GNS Science is working with the University of Gadjah Mada on this $7.6 million project in ten districts in Eastern Indonesia.

Implementing a Better Warehousing and Logistics Management initiative with Beca New Zealand, the Indonesian Red Cross and New Zealand Red Cross, and a $1.5 million, two-year project to develop an all-of-government framework for disaster response for Indonesia in conjunction with Indonesia’s disaster planning agency and ANZDEC New Zealand.

Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture

Increasing returns from the dairy sector through providing farm production systems, training, improve animal husbandry, animal health, milk-quality practices, and other support services. This $8 million eight-year activity with The Agribusiness Group aims to improve small dairy farmers’ profits and production.
Realising sustainable benefits from maize, beef and vegetables  in Nusa Tenggara Barat, Eastern Indonesia through a four-year $4.6 million Innovative Farm Systems & Capability for Agribusiness (IFSCA) project with Massey University and the University of Mataram. 

Improve knoweldge, skills and basic education

Providing 60 post-graduate and 36 short-term training scholarships in agriculture, renewable energy, disaster risk management, public sector leadership and private sector development, and English language training to 20 Indonesian officials in New Zealand and 25 participants in Indonesia each year.

Improving quality and access to early childhood education for up to 7,400 children  in Kupang, Eastern Indonesia through a four-year $4.6 million with the Ministry of Education and Culture and  UNICEF.

Eastern Indonesia
Increased prosperity in eastern Indonesian provinces

Providing small grants in four areas - sustainable economic development, renewable energy, disaster risk management, and conflict prevention – through the $3 million Community Resilience and Economic Development (CaRED) activity in partnership with the University of Gadjah Mada and a range of tertiary organisations in New Zealand.

Find out more about New Zealand Aid Programme activities in Indonesia 

We also support Indonesia through a number of regional initiatives that make up part of the ASEAN programme.

Recent achievements

Priority  Achievement

Renewable energy
Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy

Supported Indonesia in developing a geothermal energy human resource development strategy in 2016.
Trained 124 people in geothermal production skills, in partnership with GNS and the University of Gadjah Mada.
Trained 20 people in geothermal well control in partnership with MEMR and the University of Auckland in Indonesia and 25 at the Geothermal Institute in geothermal project management. 

Strengthen resilience

Under StIRRRD 10 district disaster risk reduction action plans are now in place in Palu, Padang, Donggala, Mataram, Pesisir-Selatan, Agam, Morowali, Sumbawa, Seluma, and Bengkulu and four districts in Java have self-funded modified versions. Training was also provided to 527 people across 10 districts during 2016/17.

Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture

Under IFSCA five dry lots have been established in Dompu, Lombok, involving 135 farmers and operational animal health plans, and two Agribusiness Support Centres in two districts.

Improve knowledge, skills and basic education

Since 2015, 140 students have studied in New Zealand and returned home.  In 2016, 21 Indonesian officials gained access to our English language training scholarships in New Zealand.

 Workshops have been successfully delivered in Kupang and Jakarta to build knowledge and skills of 24 early childhood mentors. A successful visit to New Zealand in July 2017 hosted by Massey University provided practical solutions for the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Head of Kupang district. 100 early childhood education centres have been selected and baseline survey completed.