Religion and Humanitarian Response in Asia: the case of Muhammadiyah

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Southeast Asia has been the site of some of the worst natural disasters in the world over the past 10 years. At the same time, many Southeast Asian nations are now “middle-income countries” and for a variety of political reasons, their governments
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   Seminar Religion and Humanitarian Response in Asia: the case of Muhammadiyah Dr Robin Bush Senior Research Fellow  Asia Research Institute  National University of Singapore   Date: 27 January 2014  (Monday)  Time: 5 pm  –  6:30 pm   Venue: B4-701 , AC1, City University of Hong Kong  Abstract Southeast Asia has been the site of some of the worst natural disasters in the world over the past 10 years. At the same time, many Southeast Asian nations are now “middle - income countries” and for a variety of political reasons, their governments increasingly decline to request humanitarian aid through traditional channels coordinated by UN agencies. This has opened the door for a more active role to be played by domestic and international NGOs (INGOs). Mu hammadiyah, Indonesia’s second largest Muslim organizations, is one of the country’s largest and oldest social welfare organizations  –   running thousands of schools, clinics, hospitals, and universities. Since the 2004 tsunami, it has also become one of the country’s most active private disaster relief agencies. Muhammadiyah’s leading role in the area of disaster and humanitarian assistance in Indonesia has furthermore brought it into international political discourses on humanitarian aid. This paper will examine Muhammadiyah’s contribution to these discourses, both within Indonesia and globally.  Short Bio Dr Robin Bush  is a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS). Her primary research efforts involve conceptual design and development of the cluster’s Religion and Development in Asia research program. Prior to joining ARI in December of 2011, she served as Country Representative, and prior to that Deputy Country Representative, for The Asia Foundation in Indonesia. Prior to this she was Director of Islam and Development programs for TAF, designing and running poverty alleviation, human rights, and democracy related programs in partnership with Muslim NGOs in Indonesia. She holds a PhD in  political science from the University of Washington, and she is the author of Nahdlatul Ulama and the Struggle for Power in Islam and Politics in Indonesia. All are welcome.  Language: English For enquiries, please contact Irene Chan at 3442-6330 or email fschan@cityu.edu.hk  
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