Armin Salasa

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2003
Yayasan Pendidikan Rakyat Bulukumba, Dewala Institute


This profile was prepared when Armin Salasa was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Armin is strengthening and developing the citizen sector in order to give people the ability to understand the problems which confront them and, as a community, to search for solutions in a creative and critical manner. Armin not only develops and establishes multilevel and multisector community organizations in both rural and urban areas, but also facilitates networking among those organizations to link rural and urban inhabitants. Through these citizen-based organizations (CBOs), Armin initiates the development of sustainable systems through which communities can solve their own problems, and simultaneously he improves the community's bargaining position in relation to those government officials and business people who have repeatedly marginalized them.
Armin fosters a spirit of volunteerism among community members at the district level, especially among the key people (CBO leaders) who possess potential to influence social change. At the same time, he also works to improve the community's capability to learn together, to create synergy, and to strengthen one another. With his vision of establishing CBOs throughout Sulawesi and other parts of Indonesia, Armin has started to disseminate his initiatives through opportunities and activities in various provinces, particularly by training volunteers as "barefoot community organizers" to assist him.
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The Person

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