Inspiring Stories

A business plan, a good manager, and a supportive Local Government.


Water and partnerships with the private sector.  

In 2015 Bandung City successfully installed 3,100 household sewerage pipe connections, together with meeting targets for minimum service standards and financial independence. This achievement was made possible through the Sanitation Grant program of the Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative (IndII). It further led Bandung Government receiving the ‘Best Sanitation Program 2015’ from the Australian Government. For 2016, the Tirtawening Water Authority has set the connections target of 5,800 (an increase of total household connections from 113,488 in 2015 to 119,288 this year) with financing through either grant or non-grant provision. Achieving this target requires not just increased performance but also creativity.


It’s a simple gameAnd it involves poo (Sorry. Ed). You try to estimate the amount of feces that your family produces each day. The participants are a group of housewives. They’ve been invited to play the game by members of the Total Sanitation Community Forum - a volunteer organisation from Antapani, Bandung, assisted by staff of the local Community Health Clinic. For every family member, you take a handful of shredded paper. And depending on the number of times a family member might defecate each day, you add to the pile of paper.


Sidewalk vendors, street musicians and ojek (motorbike taxi) drivers. They can be a real headache for city planners and a government trying to develop a modern city. However, for a blind person like Trian, these are the people who become his guides as he walks the busy streets of Jakarta. They help him avoid pavement holes, navigate around hazards, and manoeuvre across rowdy intersections.

This is the story of Hernawati (Erna), an activist working for a better, fairer transport system in Jakarta

Hj. Asmawaty - Team Leader of Sanrima (Promosi Sanitasi), Maros

Women play a strong role in improving public health through sanitation promotion. This sentiment reflects the substantial participation of women in promoting development programs, especially wastewater sanitation.

Often, it is women who tend to be more alert to hygiene issues, both within the household and outside. The role of women in cooperative work with other community members in carrying out sanitation activities as part
of environmental and public health programs can be very significant. Efforts to establish better sanitation and create a cleaner environment, results in healthier communities.

The following story is taken from the Australia-Indonesia Infrastructure Grants for Sanitation (sAIIG) program. Commenced in 2012, sAIIG is an output-based program that supports the construction of small scale sewerage schemes and solid waste transfer stations at the Local Government (LG) level. To help LGs and stakeholders involved in gender integration in the development of sanitation, a ‘Guide on Gender Integration in the Institution-based Wastewater Treatment Program' was developed.