Dodo Juliman Widianto
This profile was prepared when Dodo Juliman Widianto was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
The New Idea
Using as a starting point the community-based approach to development, which views communities as a major and essential actor in development programs, Dodo is refining and developing the concept well beyond its previous limits. For the first time, the community-based approach is being applied to create urban housing projects for low-income communities in an endeavor that includes a collective financing component to put home ownership within the means of many. To support the grassroots housing finance services, Dodo founded an umbrella organization that brings together 22 such groups of development consultants, nongovernmental organizations, and community-based organizations from across the country. Its members are well versed in land and financial management, negotiations with government bodies, and housing construction processes. The umbrella body plays the role of intermediary and facilitator among all of the actors, employing a partnership approach. It also serves its members as the primary forum for dialogue and exchanges of information, skills and technology. Because of the range of expertise of its members, the organization is able to offer the full spectrum of training programs to low-income communities and to develop the management capabilities of relevant local organizations. At the grassroots level, it trains community groups in housing issues and construction techniques; at the political level, it is the premier organization acting to influence national public policy on housing issues.