Urged by a desire to participate in the development of socio-economy of the Indonesian people, the Yayasan Dewi Sri (YDS) or Dewi Sri Foundation was established in 1977. YDS focused its activities in the field of farming by providing technical assistance to small farmers, farm labours and landless farmers. In the course of its development a need for united and integrated approach to development was felt, and thus YDS underwent reorganization emerging as Daya Pertiwi Foundation (DPF) in 1983. DPF Foundation is a support NGO, though some of its present personnel have been recruited among the beneficiaries of previous projects. It is a non-profit organisation that is concerned by the development of self-reliant for the poor and marginalized sections of society.
DPF is engaged in the field of development, providing services to small farmers, farm labours and landless farmers, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial groups, and field instructors from both the private sector and the government concerning the planning as well as the implementation of development activities. As an organization of professions DPF has committed itself to participate in the social economic development of the people in the framework of reduce socioeconomic inequalities, environmental protection and adaptation to climate change in the face of extreme climate change which causes many natural disasters that have been and are happening.
Over a period of more than 40 years DPF has been active rural development by establishing CBOs (Community Based Organizations) providing water supply for irrigation and drinking water, procurement of new houses and settlements suitable for housing for the homeless,rehabilitation and conservation of critical land into forest, etc, farming (organic ecological agriculture, social forestry, etc.), and animal husbandry.
DPF received several national awards and won an Energy Globe Award
in the field of environment rehabilitation, community forests and water
to meet the needs of clean drinking water for humans, livestock and
The socio-economic standard of living of the wider community in 2020 experienced an economic decline and a rapid increase in poverty due to the COVID-19 pandemic (and the dengue fever outbreak), from the increasing poverty of the poor and middle class people who became the new poor group.
All sectors of the economy are affected by this pandemic. On the
other hand, the government's hard efforts deserve be appreciated in
tackling the spread of COVID and the new variants that arise.
DPF wants to start from these experiences and focus on the development of farms and small-scale enterprises, environment preservation, sustainable and renewable energy which could become the backbone of Indonesia’s economy and provide an answer to its rapidly growing employment needs. Such a strategy will also contribute to a higher level of equity, the more because many areas have been left behind to a major extent in the past. The big threat is that extreme climate change can become an obstacle to achieving these goals, and for that development must be nature- and ecosystem-based.
DPF further seeks to develop and expand the increased acceptance of the key role of biodiversity conservation, nature-based development, and ecosystems as part of an overall development application strategy to maintain and enhance resilience and reduce the vulnerability of ecosystems and human life in the face of adverse impacts of climate change extremely.