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Leveraging Youth Engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction Through Science, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation in Indonesia

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This chapter provides an overview of Indonesian youth and young professionals’ (YYP) engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and explores how the current national framework enables the environment for the YYP to best contribute to reducing disaster risks. DRR activities involving YYP have been growing for years. However, many of them are scattered as there is no official DRR platform exists focusing on youth and young professionals. Thus, the overall potentials of YYP for DRR have not been well utilized as a part of the nation’s resilience building. The first part of the proposed chapter will update the current academic discourse on youth engagement in DRR and general characteristics of Indonesian YYP engagement in DRR. The second part of the chapter will discuss the interlinkages between Indonesian policy on disaster management and youth development as well as discussion on the potential role of youth. The third part of the chapter will exhibit insight from U-INSPIRE, a platform of youth and young professionals working on innovation, science, and technology for resiliency that supports DRR policy and action at the local, national, and international level in line with Sendai Framework. Given the ability of U-INSPIRE to mobilize Science, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) actions from YYP at all phases within the disaster management cycle in Indonesia since its establishment, as well as diffusion and uptake from YYP of other countries to establish their own U-INSPIRE, potentially this approach can become a model on leveraging YYP engagement in DRR.

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The authors wish to acknowledge the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY) for data sharing of the Children of Youth Forum of the Third UN WCDRR in Sendai, Japan, March 2015. This paper is also integral to the first author mandate as Regional Focal Point for Northeast and Southeast Asia in the DRR Working Group of UNMGCY. Hence, the statement in this paper does not represent the official view of the UNMGCY. We are also indebted to Ms. Meta Indriyani, for her assistance in data compilation. The authors receive no funding in the development of this manuscript.

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Shidiq, F., Bisri, M.B.F., Hanifa, N.R., Dwiyani, R., Rafliana, I., Kodijat, A. (2021). Leveraging Youth Engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction Through Science, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation in Indonesia. In: Djalante, R., Bisri, M.B.F., Shaw, R. (eds) Integrated Research on Disaster Risks. Disaster Risk Reduction. Springer, Cham.

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