I’ve just been in Indonesia where I came across many examples of Indonesian people responding to crisis.
During a visit to West Sumatra, which was struck by an earthquake in September 2009, the affected community told me that while they were waiting for assistance to arrive they began to demolish unsafe houses themselves, while people I spoke to from NGOs and UN agencies described the increasingly large role of the private sector. Apparently, some companies even send their own medical teams. However, the staff I spoke to are also asking the question how to incorporate the private sector into a humanitarian system which has principles, standards and guidelines, because at the moment it seems businesses are operating outside of this framework. Finally, a group of people from a UN agency are keen to deepen their understanding of the role of the mosque as they believe it to be extremely important for an effective response.