News | Basics Needs & Social Entrepreneurship 05.08.2011

CIDG member Tri Mumpuni honored with prestigious prize

Tri Mumpuni, Indonesian social entrepreneur and member of the Community Impact Development Group (CIDG) launched by the Siemens Stiftung and Ashoka, was honored with the Ramon Magsaysay Award. Often referred to as “Asia’s Nobel Prize”, the award is named after the former president of the Philippines. The annual award, created in 1957, recognizes six individuals or organizations who have committed themselves to improving the living conditions in Asia through their creative projects. This year’s winners will receive the award on August 31, 2011 in Manila.

Tri Mumpuni received the award for the work done by her organization, the People Centered Business and Economic Institute (IBEKA). IBEKA builds and installs small hydroelectric power plants in Indonesia and then transfers ownership of the plants to the respective communities. A half million people are currently benefiting from this type of sustainable power supply, which also helps to increase local productivity.

“We are so happy for our CIDG member Tri Mumpuni,” exclaimed Sabine Baumeister, Project Manager of the Community Impact Development Group at the Siemens Stiftung. “The award recognizes her innovative project that improves the basic living conditions of individuals and gives them the opportunity to independently shape their own lives. It is precisely these kinds of initiatives that we want to support through CIDG.”

CIDG supports leading social entrepreneurs who wish to improve the living conditions in their home countries through the use of simple technologies, products, and services, thereby enabling individuals to actively address social challenges. Among other things, the network offers social entrepreneurs the opportunity to share their experiences and apply the knowledge they acquire to further develop their own enterprises.