Since launching with a capacity building project in 2016, WISE’s programs have expanded to also focus on community development and behaviour change.

Regardless of the project, WISE is committed to understanding and address real needs. Here, Core Team member Intan is presenting an inclusive latrine design to Sina, who uses a wheelchair, for her feedback 📷 Andry Hamida

Community development

Directly or through partners with intimate knowledge of the context, WISE works with communities to address their water, sanitation, hygiene and/or waste management priorities. We emphasise active participation and collective action with the community, where they have ownership over their own needs and decisions.

WISE is currently running the Phnom sanitation project (Tbong Khmum, Cambodia) in partnership with Neakpoan Organization for Development (NOD), and is developing the Tapon drought project (Battambang, Cambodia) in partnership with Community Training Organization for Development (CTOD). We are also looking to develop projects across Indonesia and Cambodia. Read more.

Capacity building

WISE builds the knowledge and skills of organisations and aspiring changemakers to increase the impact of their own community-based projects. We understand sectoral and organisational needs, then design customised training curricula with an authentic learning environment complemented by dedicated mentoring, in order to maximise benefits to organisations and individuals we work with, and thus, to communities.

We have provided training and/or mentoring to the Animal Concerns Education and Research Society (Singapore, 2019) and Himpunan Mahasiswa Teknik Lingkungan (Environmental Engineering Students’ Society) (Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, 2016). We also deliver standalone workshops on topics such as community assessment (Battambang, Cambodia, 2017), and behaviour change (Singapore, 2018-2019). Recently, we ran a six-week Behaviour Change Hackathon in Singapore, where six teams of youth designed behaviour change solutions for our six project partners.

The team is currently exploring opportunities to scale up our workshops in Indonesia, Cambodia, and Singapore. Read more.

Behaviour Change

WISE implements community-based behaviour change projects as well as develops ways to do behaviour change more effectively.

We are currently running the Story of the Land project (Nagekeo, Indonesia) to motivate environmental action on waste using traditional wisdom, and developing a toolkit to help elementary school teachers design behaviour change activities using gamification (Yogyakarta, Indonesia). Read more.