Pusdakota is a community empowerment institution, based on values movement with the following special characteristics: non profit, pluralistic (respect to all religions, races, tribes, factions, and localisms), egalitarian (non-political interest), peaceful and active to look after the movement of the urban civil society.

The spirit of PUSDAKOTA is framed by core values, vision, mission, goal, focal concern (matra) and approach (gatra) of empowerment, as following:


Core Values

  1. Growing and expanding in diversity,
  2. Serving obligingly,
  3. Firmness in principle, devoted in promise,
  4. Blend the spirit and human being dignity into masterpiece,
  5. Increasing Environmental Quality of life.



Pusdakota focus itself, permanently, in making an effort for the existence of a society based on empowerment and justice

An empowered society means a society in which its members are ready to take their own choices. The social members have the opportunity to reach a better life through their needs formulation, self capacity development, and freedom to express themselves in social activities as well as access to various social, economic resources, and to the structure of state power.

A just society means a society that is conscious, aware, empowered, developed and looks after justice, both for its own members and its environment. Efforts to maintain the social justice should be embodied in different agreements, social regulations, as well as in the public policy



  1. Facilitating the growth of critical and transformative awareness,
  2. Develop a model for multiplying a social capital for a community empowerment,
  3. Creating cooperation to extend the social empowerment network.



To promote agents of change  that able  to empower the communities towards the quality of life improvement.


Empowerment Focal Concern

The Empowerment dimensions comprise: character development, social capital enrichment and masterpiece creation.


Empowerment Approach

The Empowerment is conducted by the following approaches: human being, environmental caring, and social institution building.

Surabaya University campus II locate in Tenggilis, it surround by estate and kampoong. The campus also near the industrial center, namely Surabaya Industrial Estate Rungkut (SIER). Kampoong surround campus become residence for migrants who works at SIER factories. Students of Surabaya University realized that they had an opportunity to implement contextual knowledge in the community.

A number of students who join the Forum of Social Analysis (FORSAS), was researched about community surround their campus. It started on 1999. The research process aimed to sharp skill and intellectual of the students. It also develop sensitivity to the real context that occur in society. One of the analysis results are flooding issues, it caused by decrease of environmental awareness, especially on waste management. Waste problem also influenced social relation among residents, eg. The decline of kinship. This situation was motivated the students to do something and make changes with the community.

Realize that the college also has a mandate to community service, then the motivation to make changes was encouraged to become more organized with the establishment of an institution. PUSDAKOTA was born with hope that it can be a media to meet who wants explore community potentials, aimed at empowerment and justice. PUSDAKOTA was formally established through Decree of Surabaya University Rector, No. 598/2000.

PUSDAKOTA under Foundation of Surabaya University has an autonomous status, it means PUSDAKOTA can manage it self, include: human resource management, program management, network partnerships, financial management, and assets management.

PEKA (a program to develop children’s character) was first pioneered. This program became the entrance to approach Rungkut community. After that year also held other programs; community library, assistance for small scale bussiness, assistance for youth group (namely WAMIKA), assistance for group of mothers. Other programs that have a major impact in Rungkut community and Surabaya’s citizens is PELITA (Integrated Environment Management). A model of waste management was developed with community RT 04 RW XIV Rungkut Lor. Awareness and willingness of citizens to sort their own waste has become a model for environmental movement in many areas.

Innovation of the integrated waste management was realized through collaboration with the Techno-Cooperative Association (KITA) on 2004. Research with Koji Takakura & Tetsuya Ishida create a simple technology for household waste management scale, known as Takakura Home Method (THM). Until now, THM still can be a solution for solid waste problem in urban areas in Indonesia.

RW XIV Rungkut Lor started to expand in another RT, trough realizing the Kampoong Strategic Plan. Nowadays, integrated waste management in Surabaya become a model for another cities in Indonesia. PUSDAKOTA has a lot of opportunity to relate with various sector to disseminate its values.

PUSDAKOTA realize that the changes occurring in the community based on the growth of the soul and character of individuals, then strengthen the social capital. Strong social capital, aimed to achieve environmental quality improvement, and economic prosperity. The development of community dynamics, was motivated PUSDAKOTA to restructure its organization. Divisional format was changed into department. Since 2008, PUSDAKOTA had three departments. And there are three spearhead sector for community empowerment in PUSDAKOTA, namely: Social, Environment and Economy.

  1. Department of Community Empowerment, consists of three sectors namely :
    1. Social, consist of two sub-sectors :
      • KASIH (healthy, inclusive, and harmony family)
      • PEKA (development for children’s character)
    2. Environment, consist of three sub-sectors :
      • PELITA (integrated environment management)
      • PERNIK (organic farming)
      • KESAN (health sanitation)
    3. Economic, consist of of two sub-sectors :
      • KAMI (microfinance)
      • WARAS (social entrepreneurship)
  2. Department of Literacy and Publication, consists of two sectors, namely :
    1. Research and Publication
    2. Library
  3. Department of General Affairs and Finance, consist of three sectors namely :
    1. Administration and Finance
    2. Eco Home Office
    3. Information Management System
    4. Archive and Documentation

PUSDAKOTA in partnership with various stakeholders to support the performance of its programs. Opportunities are open for cooperation with any stakeholders, as long as oriented to the values of empowerment. PUSDAKOTA also open to any person to enrich knowledge and experiences on community organizing. Local volunteers or foreign volunteers are also an important part of our process on community organizing.

Environment consist of three sub-sectors:

PELITA (Integrated Environment Management)

PELITA has an organic waste management centre in southern part of PUSDAKOTA’s office. It called HORE, stands for House of Organic Recycling. HORE is a model that waste can managed properly into a valuable resource. Requirement for integrative waste management is community participation. PELITA invite community to sort their own garbage, it able to change their paradigm about waste. Since 2007, three RT are involve in sorting and providing organic resources consistently to HORE (RT 01, 03, and 04 RW XIV Rungkut Lor).

Integrated waste management creates a greater impact, among others; communality of citizens, improvement of environmental quality, increase kampoong investment, leadership improvement of community leader. The kampoong or village who can perform as eco-friendly community, can be model for another region or community. And it start to expand environmental movement.

Program year 2010-2011, PELITA build synergies with Social and Economic sector to create MANUNGGAL Kampoong. MANUNGGAL stands Mandiri, Unggul, Alami (Atonomous, Prime, Natural). This program is motivate by the development of kampong potentials. Kampung able to become productive, empowered by what he owned, has human resources who are concerned and competent, and intends to continue to preserve the environment for the benefit of future generations. On same year, inovate various eco-friendly technologies based on technosocial principles; (1) obtained from community knowledge systems, (2) based on local resources, (3) can be developed in accordance with the pattern of community life, and (4) can be modified according to the availability of existing resources in community life. Tantra Lingkungan in southern part of PUSDAKOTA’s office, is open to anyone who wants to learn and create an improvement for their environment.

PERNIK (Organic Farming)

PERNIK’s aim is to develop environmentally friendly technologies for food security, and organize farmer to farm with organic principles. Environmentally friendly technologies that have been initiated; organic fertilizers, organic pesticides, and organic feed. Urban scale organic farming in PUSDAKOTA planted with seasonal vegetable species, such as: green spinach, red spinach, water spinach, mustard, and so forth. Compost from HORE is use as fertilizer. Pesticides made by using medicinal plants. Organic feed is made from tofu dregs and bran.

Year program 2009-2010, PERNIK start to expand organizing the farmers' groups. In addition, PERNIK also invites urban communities to behave productively using a narrow area. It affects family health, family consumption efficiency, also food security of urban communities. Verticulture is one method to increase the productivity of narrow land in urban areas.

PUSDAKOTA in collaboration with the Unit Training Centre-Integrated Outdoor Campus (UTC-IOC) Trawas, Surabaya University, create a models of organic farming. Farmers surround Trawas campus expected to become an organic food producer.

KESAN (Health Sanitation)

KESAN has to create and expand a model of environment friendly sanitation. KESAN attempt to build a concern movement for river Afur, which flowing along Rungkut Lor and Rungkut Kidul. Multi-stakeholder workshop involving the community, governments, and NGOs was held on March 2011. This workshop encourage concrete actions to improve the quality of Afur River. KESAN also motivate Afur riverside citizens to build a healthy house as a model for others. The most important character of a healthy house is members of family participate to manage their own liquid and solid waste. They also aware to plant in the riverside, to conserve water and air.

KESAN supports the river movement with doing research. The study titled Bacterial Decomposition of Kitchen Waste by Using Horizontal Subsurface Flow Wetland, is expected to recommend environmentally friendly technologies that can be implemented by the community. This study expected to recommend environmental friendly technologies that can be implement by the community. This study began on April 2011.

Pusat Pemberdayaan Komunitas Perkotaan (Pusdakota) Universitas Surabaya
Rungkut Lor III/87 Surabaya 60293
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KAMI (Microfinance)

KAMI started to form groups of mother in small scale business, since 2008. At that time, formed three groups called Melati/I, Mawar/II dan Anggrek/III. In this program, the number of group is eight. Each group consist of 5-6 people. This mother group not only receive funds stimulation, but also assistance in how to develop their bussiness, such as; ethic of entrepreneurship, financial management, healthy food processing, group dynamic, and family savings (for bussiness investment, children education, and family health).

Group of KAMI spread around Rungkut Lor and Tenggilis Mulya. Based on their competencies, the groups are divided into three levels, namely: Pratama, Madya, and Tamtama. Achievement levels are measured from the competency test conducted once every 6 months. Each group has a meeting conducted regularly, every week. At the monthly meeting and every six months, involving all members of the group. Competency improvement training carried out at six-monthly meeting. In program year 2010-2011, initiated the formation of the KAMI group for business actors in the traditional market. Socialization to business actors have been conducted in Soponyono Market.

WARAS (Social Entrepreneurship)

WARAS provide assistance for small and medium scale businesses based on local resources and lead to environmentally friendly. Some products of WARAS that have been marketed are:

  1. Eco-friendly products:
    • Compost
    • Takakura Home Method (THM)
    • Rotary Active Microorganism (RAM)
    • Solid native microorganism
    • Liquid native microorganism
    • Chaff
    • Bran
  2. Organic food products
    • White rice
    • Red rice
    • Brown rice
    • Black rice
    • Soybean
    • Vegetables (water spinach, mustard, lettuce, lembayung, spinach, basil, pare, celery)