Ramon Magsaysay Award Presentation Ceremonies
31 August 2011, Manila, Philippines
In electing Tri Mumpuni to receive the 2011 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the board of trustees recognizes her determined and collaborative efforts to promote micro hydropower technology, catalyze needed policy changes, and ensure full community participation, in bringing electricity and the fruits of development to the rural areas of Indonesia.
Mumpuni had to struggle with restrictive state regulations, complex financing requirements, and the draining demands of social mobilization work. To meet the twin challenges of a social enterprise.remaining viable as a business without compromising its social mission.she had to focus all her energies on working at the level of the poorest communities, as well as with the highest government authorities.From its base in Subang, West Java, IBEKA (Indonaition name of her orgnisation "People-Centered Business and Economic Institute")has built 60 micro hydropower plants, with capacities ranging from 5 kilowatts to 250 kilowatts, providing electricity to half a million people in rural Indonesia. Equally important, it has done this through a community-based development approach that goes beyond the technology to the socioeconomic empowerment of communities. Putting a premium on community participation and ownership, IBEKA organizes electric cooperatives, trains villagers in technical management and resource conservation, and provides support in fund-facilitation Mumpuni works at the national level in promoting the role of hydropower in development, and in designing and implementing new models of government-business-community joint ventures in micro hydropower facilities. Boldly enterprising, she has effectively lobbied for changes in state policy that now allow independent micro hydropower plants to sell electricity to the government.s national grid.Skill, creativity, and determination, however, have turned IBEKA into an outstanding Indonesian example of social entrepreneurship, and cast Mumpuni as a much-admired and influential leader in the field of community-based renewable energy. and income-generating activities.