Who we are.


In 1984, concerned North Sumatran citizens and churchgoers anticipated the impending arrival of industry onto Batak land. They discussed their concern—will we go down in history as just another casualty of development? Leaning into hope, they founded KSPH, our precursor, an organization that gave legal education to Toba Batak people, empowering them to stand up against policies that violate their rights, especially their rights to their land.

After more than 20 years of experience, our approach to empowerment today is more robust and holistic, though still rooted in education.

Supported by a management team of six, the rest of our 20-person staff works in two divisions that bolster each other, integrating bottom-up and top-down methods. The organizing team builds and strengthens self-governed peoples’ groups, facilitating discussion about issues like food sovereignty, climate change, encouraging creative, long-term commitment to meaningful fulfillment of their socio-economic rights (ECOSOC). The study-based advocacy team analyzes the social & environmental impacts of development & industry in 3 regions, publishes reports about Batak customs, and carefully examines policy, asking questions—“does this new law recognize indigenous peoples’ rights or exploit and pollute?”—to discern how our ongoing efforts can be as strategic as possible.



About this site—


This wesbite has two goals:


Providing the most recent, relevant news and information about the struggles of people in the Tapanuli area so that the public, especially those who care about development in this region, are aware of current conditions and facts as experienced by the people.


Building and expanding networks towards real development for Tapanuli.

For English-speakers wanting to learn more about our work in Tapanuli, we recommed this short film about the village of Nagahulambu, their struggle for recognition of their rights, their struggle against a large paper company. 


Here is a web version of our brochure. Unfortunately though, our bimonthly magizine Prakarsa and our most recent updates, are available only in Indonesian at this time. 


That said, our staff includes competent English-speakers and we are always open to partner with people and organizations whose visions and missions bolster ours.


Together may we see justice.


Contact us here: pksppm@yahoo.com


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