Eko SB Hariyanto
Fellow Since 1992
This profile was prepared when Eko SB Hariyanto was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
The New Idea
Eko seeks to shift the initiative and control in community development away from funders and outside development organizations, giving it to the local communities. Unlike other community-based, self-help strategies that turn down any outside support and take pride in remaining marginal and underfunded, Eko wants to keep the money flowing into local communities, but on very different terms. To do so, he is working simultaneously at three levels: (1) developing local self-help projects that can be models of local initiative and local leadership development; (2) changing the attitudes and approaches of development organizations so that they learn how to collaborate with local residents and are willing to challenge one another and funders to be similarly responsive; and (3) changing the attitudes and approaches of funding agencies. Eko wants to make it unacceptable for funding agencies to define their funding priorities without grassroots input, to fund projects that are not significantly community based, or to overwhelm small projects with heavy administrative requirements.Eko has organized an ad hoc "lobby" of development organizations. Together they have begun negotiations with the major funding agencies to define new guidelines and relationships. Eko expects an early success with the Indonesian government: it will very probably soon introduce significant improvements in its development assistance proposal request process. Eko and his colleagues have also begun talks with some of the major non-Indonesian development aid agencies.