Fellow Since 1989
PM2 (Pengembangan Masyarakat Madani)
This profile was prepared when Umar Husein was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1989.
The New Idea
Umar Husein is setting out to help universities learn new approaches to get their students to participate more actively in community work, commit enough time to make a difference, learn as much as possible from the experience, and leave a real mark on the communities they serve.To establish a solid groundwork and a model that works, he is launching a community development program that puts together university students, school-leavers, and the lowest income groups (one example is women vegetable vendors). The program benefits both. The groups improve their socio-economic condition and students and school-leavers learn how to organize and work with the groups as well as how to develop their own businesses. By weaving these two components together, Umar harnesses the students' and school leavers' need to earn a better income as well as their desire to contribute socially.