Ashoka Fellow
Lombok- NTB, Indonesia
Fellow Since 2002


This profile was prepared when Kamardi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Kamardi sees that the success of many social and economic efforts in Indonesia, introduced since the end of the New Order Regime, depends wholly on the ability of groups of diverse people to convene and make decisions about their own governance. To establish an effective system, of local governance, Kamardi has reinvented the kabupatens, the traditional district level government, not only to retain the positive aspects of its former incarnation, but also to introduce such critical elements as equal participation of women and men, and tolerance of ethnic and religious differences.
Using a design that melds the executive, legislative, and judicial functions of government, Kamardi helps villagers identify their collective needs, outline priorities, and align with other villages to achieve broader goals. Once at the mercy of a centralized government, villagers now solve their own problems; they build schools, introduce environmental management specific to their communities, and preserve aspects of their cultural histories and traditions that were suppressed for decades. Kamardi is taking his blueprint for local governance, which he initially designed for his own village in North Lombok, to neighboring villages and districts. Seeking a platform for policy advocacy, he attracts the attention of policymakers who are eager to find solutions that will work throughout the country.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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