Bolstering local livelihood through water supply infrastructure
Fatmawati was awarded an Australian Development Scholarship after applying in the 2012/13 application round and attending a Joint Selection Interview in January 2012.
A female public candidate with the Sabang Local Government Department, Fatmawati had previously taken a break from her public service position to work with the Australian government relief personnel during the post-tsunami.
Fatmawati is currently the Head of Local Industrial Assistance for SMEs – sub-directorate. She also heads up the local public service employee association and the local chapter of the Dharma Wanita, a nation-wide women’s organisation whose members consists of female civil servants or wives of civil servants.
Sabang has a number of developing industries – including the manufacturing of dodol, a traditional sweet – that rely on efficient public works, especially water supply. Given this background and Fatmawati’s undergraduate degree training and expertise in mechanical engineering, Fatmawati plans to either pursue a Master of Water Resource Management or Master Applied Science. Fatmawati plans to work in the Sabang public works infrastructure, specifically in water supply, upon finishing her studies in Australia.
Fatmawati is well-positioned through her government department to realise the development potential of Sabang (Pulau Weh) through improved water supply infrastructure.
Improving public health through radio talkshows
Asri was awarded an Australian Development Scholarship after applying in the 2012/13 application round and attending a Joint Selection Interview in January 2012.
Asri is a gifted and humble young man who plans to undertake a Master in Sanitation and Resource Management. He commenced work in 2010 with his local hospital in Tanjung Redeb, East Kalimantan, as a health planner and recognized as a trained engineer that if improvements were to be made to public health and environmental services, they had to be initiated through improvement of public policy and through community education.
Asri has outstanding leadership qualities demonstrated through being able to link his work at his local hospital to educating his community on public health through local radio. Through his weekly programs which he co-hosts, Asri has been able to educate and bring about changes in community attitudes toward water and sanitation management and to improve public health.
During Asri’s talkback radio shows, he invites community leaders, engineers and visiting experts to present ideas. These radio shows then provide a forum for interactive discussion afterwards. Asri was also instrumental in developing an NGO with a focus on taking care of the environment. The organisation has organized tree planting programs, drainage improvement works, free medication, health education in schools and improvements to waste management collection.