Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2009
This description of Roem Topatimasang's work was prepared when Roem Topatimasang was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
For the last 30 years, Roem Topatimasang has educated and empowered impoverished and isolated communities across the 6,000 inhabited islands of Indonesia to understand their rights and take part in the centralized state s decision-making processes. Roem builds critical political mass by connecting different locally-built community institutions, citizen organizations, and local governments together into a national network and integrating this network into an international network to advocate for rural community members rights.
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