News | Basics Needs & Social Entrepreneurship 31.08.2011

Another CIDG member honored: Albina Ruiz to receive prestigious Albert Medal

After Tri Mumpuni, another member of the Community Impact Development Group (CIDG) – an initiative of the Siemens Stiftung and Ashoka – is to be honored. The Peruvian Albina Ruiz will receive the renowned Albert Medal from Britain’s “Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce” (RSA) for her work with her organization Ciudad Saludable. Ciudad Saludable helps garbage collectors establish waste management and recycling collectives, which provides them with the opportunity for employment and income.

Since 1864, the venerable Albert Medal has been awarded to distinguished visionaries whose efforts serve to advance social development. Albina Ruiz has also been nominated for the Fairness Award 2011, which will be presented in November in a ceremony in Washington attended by prominent government and business leaders.

“We are proud to have personalities such as Albina Ruiz and Tri Mumpuni within the ranks of our CIDG Group,” says Sabine Baumeister, project director of the CIDG at Siemens Stiftung. “With her innovative project concepts, she is at the forefront of the struggle to reduce long-term poverty through entrepreneurial efforts. This makes her a role model who motivates other social entrepreneurs.”

Those who wish to get to know Albina Ruiz personally and learn more about the work of the CIDG will have an opportunity when she joins other experts to discuss “The Future of Social Entrepreneurship in Times of Global Economic Transformation” at a public podium discussion sponsored by the Siemens Stiftung on September 14. This event is part of the CIDG conference to be held September 12-14 in Munich. CIDG provides support and a network for social entrepreneurs who use simple technologies, products and services to improve living conditions in their home countries.

Further information:Panel DiscussionRoyal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures & CommerceGlobal Fairness Initiative