In February 2017, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) hosted the first Flood Resilience Innovation Conference in alliance with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Zurich Insurance. One of the key objectives of this partnership is to tackle complex problems, such as floods, with local solutions by learning more about how locals deal with them in everyday life and how can be supported.
Sited on the right corner of the innovation marketplace was Ms Annisa Hasanah, a young game developer who decided to create a fun way to teach families waste management. Urban areas in Indonesia generate about 55,000 tonnes of solid waste every day, and only about 50 to 60 percent is collected, the rest continues to be a strong contributor to water pollution and floods.
Annisa’s idea of developing a board game for teaching families waste management practices came up when she was on her way home and witnessed how a mother told her kid to throw away the plastic waste to the street. Her main challenge includes raising environmental awareness in an engaging way targeting all family members. She adapted the well-known game Monopoly into an entertaining piece with the aim of leading communities towards an environmental friendly behaviour. Order your Ecofunopoly here.
Ecofunopoly is currently available in Bahasa Indonesia, English and German; moreover, it has been implemented around 80 Indonesian schools in different villages. The project was also used by teachers in the Indonesia Mengajar Program initiated by the Ministry of Education. Visit Ecofunopoly Facebook page here.
As environmental education is important for building awareness for the environmental impact of one’s behaviour, Ecofunopoly helps shaping future generations by developing a sense of sustainability among IndonesiansMs Annisa Hasanah
The Flood Resilience Innovation Conference offered local innovators the opportunity to seek for angel investors and funders to start scaling up their initiatives. Some of the best projects received a grant to continue developing the ideas and keep making a difference among Indonesian communities.