at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

UHM DURP Welcomes Partners from West Papua Disaster Management Project


Bird's Head islands in West Papua

Image: DURP, Raja Ampat, West Papua

The UHM Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) is currently hosting a delegation from West Papua as part of their ongoing “Building Resilience Through Training” disaster management project. The project, under the direction of Executive Director Dr. Karl Kim, and funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), welcomed University of Papua Rector Dr. Jacob Manusawai and faculty member Dr. Hendri Hendri; superintendent, West Papua Regional Disaster Management Agency, Derek Ampnir; and Charles Ham, coordinator, Disaster Response, Hope Worldwide.

During this visit, an MOU was signed linking UHM and the University of Papua to further strengthen the partnership for future projects.

For more on the activities of the “Building Resilience Through Training” disaster management project in Indonesia, click here.

Below are some images from the West Papua delegation’s activities while in Hawai’i.

West Papua delegation group photo

West Papua delegation with UHM Department of Urban and Regional Planning faculty in front of Jefferson Hall. From left to right: Charles Ham (HOPE Worldwide NGO), Derek Ampnir (West Papua Disaster Management Agency), Dr. Hendri Hendri (Faculty, University of Papua), Dr. Karl Kim, (UHM DURP; Executive Director, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center), Dr. Dolores Foley (UHM DURP), Dr. Jacob Manusawai (Rector, University of Papua) | Image: DURP

West Papua delegation with UH leadership

Dr. Hendri Hendri (Faculty, University of Papua), Derek Ampnir (West Papua Disaster Management Agency), Dr. Jacob Manusawai (Rector, University Papua), Dr. David Lassner (President, University of Hawai’i), Dr. Denise Konan (Dean, College of Social Sciences) | Image: Rohayati Paseng

West Papua delegation and CSEAS Staff

West Papua delegation, UHM faculty, and CSEAS staff. From left to right: Dr. Ehito Kimura (UHM Political Science), Charles Ham (HOPE Worldwide NGO), Dr. Miriam Stark (UHM Anthropology), Dr. Kirstin Pauka (UHM Asian Theatre; Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies), Derek Ampnir (West Papua Disaster Management Agency) | Image: Rohayati Paseng

West Papua delegation signs mou with UHM President David Lassner

West Papua delegation signs memorandum of understanding with UH President David Lassner. Left to right: Derek Ampnir (West Papua Disaster Management Agency), Dr. Jacob Manusawai (Rector, University of Papua), Dr. Hendri Hendri (Faculty, University of Papua), Dr. David Lassner (President, University of Hawai’i) | Image: Rohayati Paseng