Indonesia and the United States first began working together in 1950 when they signed their first economic and technical cooperation agreement. Initial U.S. development support for Indonesia addressed the most urgent needs. The Indonesian Government requested assistance to overcome food shortages, solve critical health problems, rehabilitate transportation facilities and develop industries.
USAID has partnered with Indonesia in developing the country’s infrastructure and economy. We have helped to tackle widespread problems of poverty, unstable food supplies and rampant infectious disease. We have supported government efforts to improve maternal and child health, and increase agricultural output. We have been there to provide relief after natural disasters, such as earthquakes, or cataclysmic events, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
USAID is proud of the role we have played in helping Indonesia develop to become a regional democratic leader in Southeast Asia and a distinguished member of the G-20 group of most developed nations.
We will continue to partner with Indonesia as the country continues to address and overcome the political, economic, and social challenges that still lie before it.