November 2015: Cowater Awarded AUD 51.5M Contract for the DFAT-funded “Empowering Indonesian Women Through Poverty Reduction” (MAMPU) Program

Cowater recently signed a four-year, AUD 51.5M contract to implement PHASE II of the Australian-funded MAMPU program in Indonesia.  With Phase II, the Program will run an additional four years, until 2020, with Cowater’s total contract value amounting to AUD 103.57 million.


Cowater was initially engaged by DFAT in May 2013 to manage the first phase of the “Empowering Indonesian Women Through Poverty Reduction” (MAMPU) Program. This flagship women’s empowerment program aims to improve access and livelihoods for more than 3 million poor Indonesian women through the development of networks and inclusive coalitions of women’s and gender-interested civil society organizations, and parliamentarians, to influence government policies, regulations, and services. The program works in five thematic areas, namely: social protection, access to employment and reducing workplace discrimination, overseas labour migration, maternal and reproductive health, and combatting violence against women. Currently in its third year of implementation, MAMPU partner networks have grown to include over 161 organizations working in more than 2,400 villages, across 27 Provinces, where 8.5 million Indonesians live, including 4.2 million women and girls.


In the short-term (Phase I),  the Program contributes to increased ‘capacity and readiness’ of national and local partners for collective action (2-3 years), leading to increased ‘voice and influence’ (3-5 years). Over the medium to long-term (Phase II), the Program will continue to promote collective action among MAMPU partners and its networks, with aims of achieving critical policy reforms that protect women’s rights and promote gender equality, and improve service delivery performance, ultimately leading to improved ‘access and livelihoods’ (5-8 years) for poor women. In Phase II, the program will explore further opportunities to engage with the private sector, increase women’s voice and agency at the village level, and ultimately, scale-up the successful innovations piloted during Phase I, with further experimentation of new strategies and empowerment approaches.