Yuyun Ismawati

Ashoka Fellow
Cuta, Bali, Indonesia
Fellow Since 2002


This profile was prepared when Yuyun Ismawati was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Yuyun sees that there is significant pressure on regional government to outsource public services like waste management. Numerous foreign-owned companies are vying to secure contracts for sanitation and waste management in places like Bali, an international tourist center. Their capital-intensive approaches displace hundreds of thousands of jobs in the informal sector. Yuyun, a first-class innovator and environmental engineer by training, is developing a decentralized, community-based waste management system that brings privatization of public services to small-scale providers. Working in Bali, she has gained the cooperation of large businesses like hotels and restaurants, sanitation workers (including garbage collectors and scavengers), and local governments and communities to actively support environmentally responsible solid waste management. Yuyun is convincing local communities that solid waste is one public resource that should not be outsourced to megacompanies but should be managed practically and efficiently to benefit the local people, businesses, and the tourist industry, while relieving some of the burden from the local government.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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