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Social - the establishment of community-based organisations (JUB) and its organisational mechanisms; increased social cohesion of the community. Cultural - the increase of trust among community members; awareness of the importance of solidarity, social control and participation. The impacts have included restoration of a sense of security and stability to a traumatized community, improved long-term livelihood prospects, strengthening the sense of community cohesion in an area which had been torn apart with years of civil strife. There has been increased awareness among government, NGOs and other agencies working with similar projects on importance of people’s participation in the reconstruction process. Policy change has been evident with government changes in its two free kilometer free-zone policy for post-tsunami coastal areas, to no-free-zone policy with safety and security as the main guiding features. The initiative has contributed to environmental sustainability through utilization of local materials, increased environmental awareness of the community - organic farming, renewable energy, pressed-soil block, trauma healing, and capacity building. Financial sustainability has been achieved by retaining 60 per cent of the reconstruction funds within the village economies, greatly enhancing community members’ opportunities to gain employment, training and skills. The loan-capital available increases the long-term income-generation prospects and has funded a rich diversity of small business start- ups. Social sustainability is evident through increased community cohesion, participation, trust, capabilities, women’s empowerment, and improved conflict resolution. The approach used by Uplink has been transferred and up-scaled. For example, the Australian Red Cross is collaborating with Uplink to implement the same approach in Nasi Island. Uplink’s reconstruction approach has been applied by the government Post-tsunami Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency (BRR) to its work. Uplink is implementing the same project in its post-earthquake reconstruction project in Yogyakarta. Some NGOs are transferring Uplink’s participatory approach to other housing projects in post-tsunami Aceh. These include: Local Governance & Infrastructure for Communities in Aceh, Diakonia Germany, British Red Cross, Centre for Poverty Analysis, Atlas and Plan International. Beyond its current implementation of
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two years, it is seen as an opportunity for more regions of the world to learn and to turn crisis situations as sources of inspiration to bring the best of mankind. This practice exhibits innovation in several ways. This practice demonstrates how a challenge can be turned into an opportunity to develop new and stronger community links. The initiative uses a people driven, holistic and integrated approach to disaster reconstruction. It further uses people’s organization, advocacy, and networking as three inter-twining strategies to address both physical and non-physical aspects of reconstruction. The approach is fast, cheap, transferable and comprehensive when
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