The ASHDEN Awards

The Ashden Awards were founded in 2001 to encourage the greater use of local sustainable energy to address climate change and alleviate poverty. Since then they have rewarded over 140 green energy champions across the UK and the developing world. Ashden showcases and celebrates best practice, encourages the expansion and replication of winners’ work, raises awareness of the potential of local sustainable energy, and advocates on their winners’ behalf. For further information, including photos, films, and case studies on past winners, go to The Ashden Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales.

The award winners in all have improved the lives of 33 million people worldwide, saving over 4 million tonnes of CO2 every year. Still some 1.4 billion people around the world lack access to modern energy, while 3 billion rely on ‘traditional biomass’ and coal as their main fuel sources.

In 2012, IBEKA has received the Ashden Award. The Ashden Awards annual conference took place at the Royal Geographical Society on 29 May 2012, where some of the international, UK and sustainable travel award finalists will speak about their work, along with panel debate and discussions. Journalists are welcome to attend and can book in advance for one-on-one interviews.The Ashden Awards ceremony was held the next day.

ASHDEN Award 2012 - IBEKA micro hydro power in Indonesia

The Magsaysay Award 

The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award established to perpetuate former Philippine's President Ramon Magsaysay’s example of integrity in governance, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society. It is considered as the “Asian Nobel Prize”. The prize was established in April 1957 by the trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund based in New York City with the concurrence of the Philippine government.


The roster of Magsaysay awardees includes social and political leaders who have led independence movements; established, restored, or strengthened democratic institutions; and reformed inept government systems. Other awardees have modernized their post-war economies; preserved and promoted indigenous cultures; and pioneered in setting up basic human services programs in health, education, and social welfare especially for the poor and marginalized.

As scientists and doctors many Magsaysay Awardees have revolutionized agricultural production; led breakthroughs in disease control and cancer treatment; pioneered improvements in promoting maternal health and child survival. As public intellectuals, other awardees have shaped public policy and discourse towards environmental protection, promoting human rights, religious tolerance, the empowerment of women, and participative development.

Still others have worked tirelessly and against great odds to save lives at risk from social stigma, uncontrolled pandemics, protracted government neglect and unabated corruption, civil wars, pervasive ignorance, and the abuse of shared natural resources like water and forests and air. There are also Magsaysay awardees who, by the power of their pen and artistic works, have awakened the conscience of their societies to address urgent social ills.

In 2011, Tri Mumpuni, the Excecutive Director of IBEKA, was awarded the Magsaysay Award. This award was given to her for her determined and collaborative efforts to promote micro hydro power technology, to catalyse needed policy changes, and ensure full community participation, in bringing electricity and the fruits of development to the rural areas of Indonesia.

Take a minute to have a look at Tri Mumpuni’s speech for Magsaysay Award 2011, the transcript of her speech can be found here



 Honorary Mention by President Obama
at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship

The Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, held in Washington, D.C. on April 27th, 2010, at the Ronald Reagan Building, follows through on President Obama’s commitment to identify how the USA can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations, and entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world. It represents an opportunity to highlight the importance of social and economic entrepreneurship, and strengthen mutually-beneficial relationships with entrepreneurs in Muslim-majority countries and Muslim communities around the world.

Participants have been selected from around the world to represent their home countries, regions, and sectors at the Summit.  They hail from over fifty countries on five continents and include successful entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and leaders of entrepreneurship networks, non-profit organizations, foundations, and businesses who are invested in promoting entrepreneurship.  (Submitted biographies attached.)

Tri mumpuni was selected as a representative from Indonesia as an Environmental Entrepreneur. By creating economic incentives and financing programs to unlock the power of hydro, she is helping rural Indonesia realize its best option for a reliable power supply. Aside from local ownership of the off-grid system, the sustainability of the system is very much influenced by market forces and many local micro-hydro power operations have trouble surviving competition with the state-owned electricity company, PLN. Mrs. Mumpuni has been able to connect the community-based off-grid system to PLN‘s grid, providing a crucial link that allows local communities to sell their power supply to the PLN and gain revenue from deals facilitated by Mrs. Mumpuni.

As President Obama said,”[…] real change comes from the bottom up, from the grassroots, starting with the dreams and passions of single individuals serving their communities […] social entrepreneurs like Tri Mumpuni, who has helped rural communities in Indonesia  harness the electricity, and revenues, of hydro-power […]”

The video of the full speech by President Obama can be seen here, while the transcript of the speech can be accessed here.

 The 2012 SCHWAB Foundation Award of Social Entrepreneur

In partnership with the World Economic Forum, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is a leading global platform that accelerates outstanding models of social innovation. Working together, we help scale solutions to support millions of vulnerable and low-income people in need.

The People Centered Economic and Business Institute (IBEKA) partners with rural communities that have abundant water resources to construct micro-hydro plants that produce electricity. IBEKA emphasizes community management of all its micro-hydro plants, and works with communities to develop management plans, set tariffs and train local villagers in operation and maintenance procedures. Once these systems have been constructed, they are community owned and operated.

Although IBEKA utilize grant funding to construct some of its projects, it has also developed innovative funding mechanisms to maintain the micro-hydro systems. IBEKA lobbied the Indonesian government to set regulations that require the national electricity company to purchase excess electricity from grid-connected systems. Four of the IBEKA-constructed systems are now connected to the grid and capable of selling excess electricity, with the proceeds going to a community social development fund.

To date, IBEKA has installed 61 micro-hydro plants, 51 of which are off-grid and supply electricity to approximately 10,000 households. The four plants connected to the grid provide electricity to an additional 1,500 households. As an economic result, families that previously burned kerosene to produce light paid a cost of up to $6 per month, whereas the average monthly cost for electricity generated by micro-hydro plants is less than $1.

An additional benefit is that access to electricity allows communities to connect to the outside world with radios and cell phones. The grid-connected communities capable of selling excess electricity can apply this income to a community fund supporting a variety of benefits, like healthcare for pregnant women, road repairs, household water distribution systems, student scholarships and micro-loans. Hopefully it can be replicated for remote rural communities around the world.

The press release of SCHWAB Foundation can be found here.