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Putting children first for more than six decades

Naufal smiles in front of temporary housing for evacuees
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For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been reaching millions of children in Indonesia with development and humanitarian assistance

When UNICEF starting working in the vast archipelago in 1948, the organisation focused on providing emergency assistance to avert a famine on the island of Lombok.

A year later, the first official cooperation agreement was signed with the Republic of Indonesia to build a milk kitchen in Yogyakarta, the seat of the new government at that time.

In 1969, the Government of Indonesia launched its first Five Year Development Plan, with UNICEF and other UN organizations providing technical assistance.

Smiling children.
UNICEF Indonesia
Smiling children.

Over the following decades, UNICEF’s involvement has expanded to cover a greater range of programme areas – all aimed at helping Indonesia realize the rights of children and women.

Today, UNICEF’s work is driven by its commitment to equity – giving a fair chance in life to every child, everywhere, especially the most disadvantaged.

So while the scope of UNICEF programming may have changed over time, the organization’s core mandate has not.

UNICEF works in Indonesia to ensure that no child is left behind