Box 5 – YDA, Advokasi and the endeavour to spread global awareness
Yayasan Duta Awam (YDA), set up in Solo, Central Java in 1996, is a CSO working on the issue of farmers advocacy and civil society empowerment. Working with 16 full-timers, YDA aims particularly to empower the farmers so that they can advocate themselves independently in the future, when agricultural and rural development issues are projected to escalate politically in Indonesia. This goal is to be achieved through three main strategic activities: participatory research and monitoring, stakeholder dialogue forums and grassroots media. As a “Farmers’ Institute for Advocacy” YDA has clearly formulated its strategy to empower and increase farmers’ capacity through educations, trainings and mobilisation; advocacy; development of public discourse; database; and capacity building for institutions and organisations.
http://dutaawam.org (visited 17/03/2007)
YDA’s activities span to other regions: Riau, West Kalimantan, Bengkulu and South Kalimantan provinces involving tens of CSOs working in similar issues. YDA is also an active member of SatuDunia, an Indonesian extension of UK-based Oneworld.Net network. Together with its networks, YDA is now leading the monitoring of the implementation of CERD (Community Empowerment for Rural Development), a national project funded by ADB’s loan. As part of its strategy, the Internet is introduced to YDA’s staff, networks, and their beneficiaries: local farmers. Not only is the farmer’s bulletin “Advokasi” made available online, but YDA has also pioneered online communities for farmers and its NGO networks. The result of YDA’s engagement with the Internet sometimes goes beyond what can be imagined.
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Source: Observation and in-depth interview with Riza (30/11/2005)
(PhD Thesis, Nugroho, 2007:203 – Box 6.2.)