Author(s): Pulse Lab Jakarta / UN Global Pulse
The Vulnerability Analysis Monitoring Platform for Impact of Regional Events (VAMPIRE) and Haze Gazer were conceived and developed in 2014-2015 at an important juncture for its primary collaborators. Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ) had recently launched and was actively looking for suitable project partners. The World Food Programme (WFP)—PLJ’s primary partner in developing VAMPIRE—was devoting significant regional resources to addressing the consequences on food security of El Niño. And, the new Joko Widodo administration came into office in October 2014 following the July 2014 national presidential election. President Widodo had just been elected on a platform that included promoting both national economic sovereignty and also a more open and accountable government.