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.

For more than ten years, SATUKATA have been building a network of researchers, empowerment activists, and inclusive policy innovation advocates in different regions in Indonesia, specifically Papua and West Papua. The issue covered by the Institute are, among others, conservation, kampung empowerment, and sustainable community business development.

Our main method to bridge and bring together the policy makers and sustainable kampung development activists is co-learning. This method allows policy makers as well as kampungers to be able to learn continously to overcome problems that hinder them from recovering from their social and ecological crises. Co-learning also enables indepth investigation to find generative themes in order to stop and recover from social ecologial crises.

SATUKATA uses emancipatory research and transformative education in order to create cadres of researcher and sustainable development activists on Kampung Level and among decision makers. SATUKATA is not a conventional research institute who provides research products available for “consumption”, but instead, it encourages everyone to be a researcher on each level and space so that one can build critical awareness to overcome their own problem. Co learning enables everyone to create and expand social and institutional practices, as well as to build protocol, mechanism, and co-learning to maintain their ecologial integrity and sustainable well being.