In 2006 when 6.4 magnitude earthquake devastated Yogyakarta, there were insufficient humanitarian workers capable of responding rapidly to the disaster. The lack of competent Indonesian personnel motivated Dave Hodgkin, a shelter specialist, to raise the problem with other Indonesian experienced humanitarian workers.

In early 2007, a group of humanitarian experts discussed the need for a training organization based in Indonesia to provide high quality training for disaster relief. It was decided to establish a training hub in Yogyakarta based on the globally respected RedR model.

In October 2014 a workshop of key people was held in Yogyakarta. The meeting agreed on the aims and governance of the proposed RedR Indonesia, nominated the board members of RedR Indonesia and prepared the priorities for the first year. RedR India advised and assisted the emerging RedR Indonesia organization.

In May 2015 representatives of RedR Indonesia (Benny Usdianto, Dave Hodgkin and Banu Subagyo) attended the RedR International General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Assembly gave the new organization official status as an Emerging RedR Indonesia. In December 2015 a second workshop endorsed RedR Indonesia’s the new board members, legal status and business plan.

RedR Indonesia was established in March 2016 and is now registered in the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of The Republic of Indonesia (Registration Number AHU-0012576.AH.01.12).
RedR Indonesia will begin providing high quality humanitarian training in 2016. From the pool or trained humanitarian personnel, RedR will establish a register of experts.