Saraswati is a private Indonesian company established in 2016 to promote innovation in development.

For us, innovation represents creative thinking as well as new approaches and collaborations that can improve development assistance and – most importantly – the lives of those most in need.

We are focused on results. We forge partnerships with individuals and organizations on a case-by-case basis, providing the most relevant skills. Wherever possible, we look to work with and support local partners to ensure results that deliver beyond project cycles.

Our business model reduces unnecessary overhead that inflates development budgets. Our home is a co-working space, and we keep personnel costs lean by maintaining a roster of task-specific local associates.

We take our name from the Hindu goddess of knowledge, in recognition that knowledge fuels innovation and that we in development must better promote women as leaders and role models.


Knowledge Management

Advise on and support knowledge management to ensure project accountability, effective monitoring and evaluation, and timely sharing of learning.

Training & Capacity Building

Facilitate trainings and co-design workshops, including design sprints.


Design and develop issue-driven online platforms, including web and mobile applications, that promote positive social impact.

Empowering Women

Promote active participation of women within our own team, and support women’s skills building and leadership across all of our activities.


Provide strategic advice and promote networking as well as cross-sector collaboration in support of sustainable development innovation.

Analysis & Evaluation

Conduct: (1) research and analysis regarding innovation and technology for development; (2) evaluations and impact assessments of development initiatives.
  • Knowledge Management

  • Training & Capacity Building

  • Design

  • Empowering Women

  • Strategy

  • Analysis & Evaluation


Development Innovation Indonesia

Connect with institutions and individuals innovating for positive social impact, and share opportunities to collaborate.



Managing Director

Andrew Thornley

Andrew has lived and worked in Southeast Asia since 1998. He has managed and evaluated a range of pioneering innovation programs, managed large multi-year democracy and governance projects in Indonesia, advised on the establishment of a human rights organization in Cambodia, coordinated humanitarian assistance to refugee camps in West Timor and worked as an election manager for the UN in Timor-Leste.