Cerdas Antisipasi Risiko bencana (CARI!)* is a research & information technology-based start-up & social venture working to enhance knowledge management for disaster risk reduction and resilient development.
Our paramount vision is to accelerate disaster-resilient and sustainable development and society in Indonesia and Southeast Asia through science. CARI! supports the government, academics, enterprises, and many others to bridge the whole scientific knowledge to the public.
CARI! team has various experiences in undertaking assessment and stakeholder mappings, developing ICT-based information and knowledge management systems, and extensive and intensive studies in disaster management, environment, and climate change.
(*) CARI is an Indonesian word for “search” – Our full name expresses a passion for “intelligently anticipating disaster risk (by using science)”
The Genesis of CARI!
Founded in 2019, Cerdas Antisipasi Risiko Bencana Indonesia (CARI!) is a disaster-related knowledge-management-engine brand. CARI! is currently an independent and autonomous unit of PT. Samisa Puspaloka, a family-based engineering and management consultant company founded in 2012 and registered at Bandung City Government, Indonesia. Reference letter Number 14/SKDP/SKM/II/2012
CARI! has full independence in its operations from PT. Samisa Puspaloka. Only in some administrative and financial matters. CARI! is leaveraging on the available accounts and facilities of PT. Samisa Puspaloka.
CARI! provides an ICT and spatial-based services for an end-to-end disaster and humaniatrian knowledge management leveraging on the power of data science, machine learning, and tailor-made resilience intelligence.
CARI! engine and algorithm is inspired by Dr. Bisri's post-doctoral researcg projects (JSPS Kakenhi Grant 18F18810. conducted at United Nations University and The University of Tokyo) and developed in-house by CARI!- co-founders.
During a quick catch-up dinner, Mizan and Rifa reflected upon their experience responding to disasters across Indonesia in 2018. It leads to our first "Aha" moment that the public needs a new and easy-to-use tool for discovering and accessing relevant disaster knowledge of the country. It was Rifa's curiosity and energy meeting Mizan's ongoing postdoc project on a science-policy network. In March 2019, they invited like-minded fellows and co-founded the first CARI! Engine prototype - now the knowledge.caribencana.id. From the get- go, the idea and prototype of CARI! was appreciated during the 2019 GPDRR and eventually won the #1st Best Innovation Award at the 2019 World Bosai Forum. It also led to the first premium project of CARI!. As a starter, for its legal entity, CARI! became an independent start-up unit of PT Samisa Puspaloka, a family-based engineering and management company.
The pandemic did not hold CARI! in expanding its research, development, and operations. The 1st version of CARI! Engine was fully operational - harvesting and covering the full disaster-knowledge landscape of Indonesia. It was featured in UNDRR's 2020 Status of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia Pacific as one of the innovations in the region. By this year, we grew to 10 full-time members working remotely in Indonesia and Japan. We started to gain trust, which paved the way for partnership and collaboration with partners and clients in Indonesia and the Southeast Asian region. In 2020, we closed our sixth project, and the monetary revenue increased close to ten times than in 2019.
Our team was growing rapidly, with 34 members with interdisciplinary backgrounds working together with the same vision to support resilience development in Southeast Asia from our bases in Indonesia, Japan, and Lao PDR. We continued striving using our principles not reinventing the wheel, scientifically and conceptually sound, co-creation, and pragmatically implementable - in our projects encompassing research, ICT development, science communication, and strategic planning. In 2021, CARI! The engine was upgraded to its second version, and we started producing the monthly Indonesia Disaster Knowledge Update (IDKU) to further our initiatives to motivate disaster knowledge production and application. The cumulative premium projects up to this year reached 19 items, and the monetary revenue increased three times than in 2020.
2022 is a year of transition for everyone across the globe as it signs recovery after the COVID-19 global pandemic. Fieldwork and remote work are the new normal as it shows that work on resilience building can be done from anywhere. We sustained and improved CARI! Engine and IDKU series further by bolstering our outreach channels through more diverse social media channels and face-to-face presence. These include our presence at the 2022 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Indonesian DRR Month, and project fieldwork in multiple countries in Southeast Asia. We paved goodbye to 2022 with our 36th premium project that marked total revenue doubled compared to 2021. As we welcome 2023 and to strengthen our involvement in resilience development, CARI! established its independent legal entity Yayasan Cerdas Antisipasi Risiko Indonesia (a foundation). We aim to continue our vision of intelligently anticipating risk for resilience development, not only limited to disaster risk, but also other types of societal risk from climate change, environmental degradation, health risk, and others.
Insufficient local risk knowledge for applicable policy creation & invesments
Limited access to niche disaster experts for private sectors and investors
Missing link between risk information and risk knowledge and resillient development efforts (policy & implementation)
CARI! provides premium analytics, tailor-made capacity building, and ICT systems integrations for various purposes of resilient development
CARI! provides a spatial-based portal enabling access to risk & resilience analytics and insights based on scientifically proven and published research