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The Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA)

A Communal Space for Poverty Alleviation (Ruai Chawan)

Urban poverty among Malaysia’s indigenous people is a hidden but growing issue. 

The Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA) and residents of Kampung Chawan are strengthening efforts to alleviate poverty and ensure education for their children. 

By establishing their own ruai – a communal space – SADIA and Kampung Chawan demonstrate how innovation and successful solutions to urban issues can be built on and inspired by indigenous traditions and culture.