The Australian Aid Indonesian Social Innovator Award is a competition for people with innovative ideas that focus on some of Indonesia’s biggest development problems. The ideas can focus on social issues in six areas: agriculture; education; energy and environment; health; information and communications technology (ICT); and water and sanitation.
More than 480 individuals and groups from all around Indonesia presented their ideas to the award team during the six-month submission period. From these entries, five finalists were then selected to pitch their ideas at the awards night held in Bali in late September. Following the final pitch event, Doctor Gamal Albinsaid was announced as the winner of the Australian Aid Indonesian Social Innovator Award. Doctor Albinsaid created a scheme that provides services to members of a health clinic in return for garbage. He has already established a pilot scheme at six clinics in Malang, East Java, where participants are entitled to check-ups and recovery treatment in return for garbage. What a fabulous idea!
The other finalists were:
The finalists were given the tools to turn their ideas into action, including cash, work space and mentoring. Doctor Albinsaid plans to use his prizes to expand his program to improve both the environment and people’s ability to access and pay for health services.
a service that uses motorcycles to transport midwives to patients and patients to hospitals in remote communities of East Flores (Mansetus Balawala)
a tool to help students with visual impairments learn Braille (Mashoedah)
-a tool to cultivate seaweed free of infection (Ma’ruf Kasim).
Congratulations to all the Australian Aid Indonesian Social Innovator Award finalists, who are helping to transform the lives of underserved communities across the archipelago.
Why not put on your thinking hat, and maybe next year you can enter the competition and help make a difference to the lives of Indonesian people?