Social franchise to solve toilet trouble

Sanergy_Solution-fresh lifeA recent article in The Conversation reveals some of the excellent advances made in addressing the persistent and devastating impacts of a lack of access to sanitation. One interesting one is a business called Sanergy, which profits from providing clean toilet services and the collection and treatment of waste. Sanergy provides the toilets, keeps them clean, removes the waste, treats and then produces a final product for reuse in agriculture. Using a franchise approach, their people safely compost large volumes of fecal sludge to make and sell valuable fertilizer. The Sanergy model can reach poor communities by using human labor to access and haul waste, where mobile trucks cannot access. Creating value for the product and jobs in the process, lays the foundation for sustainability and scale.

‘Indonesia is Energy Independent’ campaign

Indonesia’s Ministry for Energy and Mineral Resources has released a new TV campaign as part of its ‘Indonesia is Energy Independent’ (Indonesia Mandiri Energi). The animated TV spot reveals a common tension in public campaigns of this type. The government often needs to fulfil its political priorities to communicate its achievements as well as work to bring individual behaviour and social change. This TV campaign is ambitious in attempting to do all of this in one advertisement. We think it will struggle to reach its many audiences with the varied messages and would recommend a more targeted and integrated strategy.

Tulodo appointed to manage Sustainable Energy for All campaign in Indonesia


Tulodo has been appointed by Kopernik to manage the Indonesia campaign to support the global Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) agenda. Tulodo is working with Prodigy PR to produce the #IDWomen4Energy advocacy campaign on sustainable energy access in Indonesia. The campaign aims to engage Indonesians to change their behaviors and increase participation on issues relating to sustainable energy. We will also help Kopernik mainstream gender in energy policies and expand energy access for the poor, as part of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) agenda.

Demographic bonus or planet threat? Why Indonesia is at the center of population debates and solutions.

ICFP15 IndonesiaWhile many conferences come and go, the news that Indonesia will host the 2015 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) is important. It’s important for family planning and it’s important for Indonesia and the Asia Pacific region. Family planning, long neglected in many parts of the world, is now experiencing something of a resurgence, especially in Indonesia. And this comes not soon enough. With population pressures contributing to climate change, disease pandemics, resource constraints and conflict, with no hyperbole at all population planning could be said to be the key to the greatest challenges and opportunities facing our planet.

Indonesia has long been considered one of the leaders in population planning, halving its fertility rate between 1976 and 2002. After that a combination of financial pressures and political inaction led to a drop in resources. This has changed thanks to new government policies combined with a USD240 million investment in the newly created Indonesia Health Fund by the Gates Foundation, Tahir Foundation and eight other Indonesian businesspeople. As in many parts of the Asia Pacific region, Indonesia faces the challenges of social norms combined with access to technologies and public financing. Indonesia considers its large, young population to be a “demographic bonus”, a stance that could be seen to be at odds with a drive towards population growth reduction. However recently it signed an MOU for a new $40 million family planning program with Johns Hopkins University.

The issues facing the ICFP include creating demand for contraceptives, access to and quality of services; youth needs and participation; the demographic dividend; engaging and countering faith based organizations; financing; and accountability and advocacy. Simply put, the primary question facing the ICFP and its participants should be: how can we work together to make good quality family planning services and products freely accessible and desirable to those who need them? Tulodo looks forward to seeing you at the ICFP.

Sex is fun. Ini caranya…

temantemanlaki1Sex is fun, right? Tapi juga ada bahayanya. Untungnya, ada seks yg fun dan aman. Bagaimana caranya?

Menurut, aktivitas seksual yang aman tidak memiliki risiko penyebaran HIV atau penyakit lain. Gunakanlah pembatas untuk mencegah kontak dengan darah atau cairan seksual. Pembatas buatan yang paling umum adalah kondom untuk pria, juga ada kondom buat perempuan. Cairan pelumas dapat meningkatkan stimulasi seksual. Pelumas ini juga mengurangi sobeknya kondom atau pembatas lain. Yakinkan bahwa anda menggunakan pelumas dari bahan dasar air, bukan minyak. Fantasi, masturbasi, obrolan seks, dan pijat non-seksual juga aman. And it’s all fun!!! For more information, click here:

Social and behaviour change in Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby 11May15Tulodo is in Port Moresby for a few days as part of its research project funded by Australia’s DFAT. So far we’ve had useful meetings and found an interesting variety of organisations working on social and behaviour change. Here is a selection of a few with some of their programs and initiatives:

We look forward to completing the research and getting back here to PNG again. Let us know if you have any suggested additions for our list.

Cold turkey better than hot pharma for smoking cessation

cold-turkeyIt turns out most people quit smoking without any assistance, despite the push by big pharma to sell their products and services. While some people think cold turkey implies there are no “interventions”, years of efforts to change behaviours and social norms have probably produced the effect of an intervention on those who choose to give up without help.