SATUKATA Institute was innitiated in 2007 by a group of researchers, activists, and critical education facillitators by developing co-learning between stakeholders. SATUKATA Institute tries to encourage community’s outonomy and inclusive policies through emancipatory research and transformative education. The Institute’s activities emphasize on continuous action-reflection processes between policy makers, social movement, academicians and social investment actors.


SATUKATA does not impose any value to the communities. We build learning spaces together with the communities that enable them to build, develop and maintain their own values.

SATUKATA is not a single issue NGO. Our works are based on the generative themes. The themes that become the community’s Kerja kami didasarkan pada tema-tema yang meresahkan dan menggerakkan (generative themes) yang menjadi menjadi perekat bersama bagi komunitas untuk memperkuat kolektivitas dan merawat solidaritas.


SATUKATA involves itself in communities’ efforts to recognize thier problems critically, to develop new ways and organize themselves in order to be able to overcome their developing problems and to change the unbalanced power relation.


We support communities to recover their connectivity, solidarity, and reciprocity to fight against and recover from social ecological crises. We committ ourselves in preserving the egalitarian values among societies and strengthen traditional values to cope with the destructive impacts of free market and modern economy.

We believe that co-learning will be able to transform communities and is a sustainable process. The values that guide the relation between individuals, families, and communities are our fundation to build new institutions.


Social transformation happen when an individual or community are able to find their own strength and question why their lives are not improving. We combine emancipatory research with critical education that is aimed at encouraging individual and community to understand themselves and change their future to be better.

We believe that research could be done by anybody who has the ability to question. Emancipatory research and pedagogy of the oppressed are about giving rise individual’s as well as community’s curiousity to question their situation, their lives. From this point of view, emancipatory research by the community will be able to reveal the ways to change the situation themselves, which they thought impossible.

This is what we call critical awareness.


In doing our works, we build network with organizations accross the country and also from outside Indonesia. On national level we have network with Yayasan Satu Nama in Yogyakarta, Samadya Institute in Yogyakarta, Sajogyo Institute in Bogor, Epistema Institute in Jakarta, Spora Institute in South Sumatra, Pusat Studi Agraria in Bogor, Komunitas Cara Baca in Makassar, KORA Maluku and Ambon, Bisbayo in Buli, Halmahera.

On international level we also cooperate with: Blueventure di Madagaskar, Training for Transformation in Afrika Selatan, Center for Human Ecology in Scotlandia, Seventhythree in Singapura, Kimmich College in Ireland, Stay Grounded in Spanyol.