This profile was prepared when Dani Munggoro was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
The New Idea
Dani believes that there is a need for a Center of Excellence that will facilitate an on-going discourse and testing of best practices in order to bring in new knowledge across fields, to overcome the lack of transparency and to supply the empirical proof about the benefits of CF to all the stakeholders. This Center of Excellence will serve as the basis for a paradigm shift in forest management. Dani has identified a range of CF stakeholders in Indonesia: local communities, NGOs, universities, government departments, and timber companies. He has analyzed numerous deficiencies among these stakeholders: the NGOs are committed but they are weak in their concepts and methodology; the government forestry officials have the opportunity to implement CF but lack the skills, attitudes and information; the university professionals have the theoretical knowledge but lack practical skills; the timber companies are being pushed by foreign buyers to provide timber that is harvested in sustainable manner but lack knowledge on how to integrate CF into their work; and the local communities possess the traditional knowledge and skills but no longer have the self-confidence to utilize them. Dani's idea is to improve the capacities of the stakeholders through the development of a Center that provides a complete library, specialized training, a data bank of accurate information and case studies, and the capacity for policy formulation.