Dr. Asti Widihastuti

    Consultant, Trainer, & Mentor

    My core expertise is in training and facilitation on various contemporary development issues, with specialization on the intersections of public health, reproductive health and HIV, sexuality and gender. I have also been focusing on providing technical assistance on organizational strengthening, project management, positive character buildings (communication and leadership soft skills) and evaluation.

    Throughout my 15 years consultancy experience I have been working with a wide range of organizations, starting from multilateral organizations (UNFPA, UNICEF and UNODC); bilateral projects (HCPI, SUM II, DERAP, KINERJA,
    AIPEID); national government bodies (Indonesia National AIDS Commission/KPAN, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture); international NGO (Results in Health, Burnet Institute in
    Indonesia); to local NGOs (Indonesia Planned Parenthood Association/PKBI, Yayasan Kerthi Praja, Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu, Yayasan Kryasta Guna/Bali Spirit Festival, Yayasan Gaya Dewata).

    I have also been working with various networks at the regional level (Island of Southeast Asia Network on Male and Transgender Sexual Health/ISEAN, Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers/APNSW and Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health/APCOM), and at the national level in Indonesia (including HIV-specific networks such as GWL INA, OPSI, IPPI, Fokus Muda and PKNI, as well as other national networks (Aliansi Laki-laki Baru, Himpunan Wanita Penyandang Disabilitas Indonesia).

    With my strong interest in research and training I have also been working closely with the academe, including Atma Jaya Catholic University-Jakarta, Udayana University-Denpasar, Brawijaya University-Malang, and STKIP Muhammadiyah-Sorong.

    There is also a variety of specific beneficiary groups that I have been working with, such as women who need safe abortion services, HIV key affected populations (sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender, people who use drugs, and people living with HIV), young people, students (high school and university level), teachers and lecturers, people with disability, religious leaders, community/cultural leaders and Papuan Women.

    Specific to public health, I have been working with midwives, doctors, nurses, health cadres and vets. Therefore, my various experiences with these groups have enabled me to work in multicultural contexts, obtained different new perspectives, developed technical skill sets, and built strong empathy to marginalized and vulnerable groups.