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

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 (WASH), waste management, and other 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).

The team is also looking to develop projects across Indonesia and Cambodia. Read more.

Behaviour Change

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

Through our Behaviour Change Lab, WISE incubates projects for a range of social and environemental causes. Through the Lab, we are working to reduce junk mail (Singapore) and supporting Drink Wise Waste Less (Singapore) to promote bring-your-own (BYO) practices. We are also running the Story of the Land project (Nagekeo, Indonesia) to motivate environmental action on waste using traditional wisdom, and designing a toolkit to help communities design behaviour change activities using gamification.

The team plans to expand the Lab to 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).

The team plans to scale up and offer training in Indonesia, Cambodia, and Singapore. Read more.


WISE collects, analyses and disseminates data to educate the public on overlooked issues in Southeast Asia, and to help strengthen the strategies and capacities of other organisations and changemakers.

We are conducting literature reviews on behaviour change frameworks, as well as waste management in Indonesia, Cambodia and Singapore, and preparing a class on the history of toilets.

The team is also exploring opportunities to engage audiences through meaningful data visualisation in partnership with Dataiku.