Is it possible to calculate the return of investment on a research policy project? Well, the Indonesian think tank SurveyMETER and the Knowledge Sector Initiative have given it a go for a policy research project on services and infrastructure for the aging population in the Indonesian municipality of Balikpapan.
The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami devastated thousands of communities in countries bordering the Indian Ocean. Destruction was greatest in the Indonesian provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra, where an estimated 170,000 people perished and the environment was damaged along hundreds of kilometers of coastline.
Many people contributed in significant ways to the preparation of this report.
We are extremely grateful to the staff at the Water and Sanitation Programme-East Asia and Pacific office, and the Total Sanitation and Sanitation Marketing (TSSM) team in Indonesia for all the support they provided for this study.