Manila. Indonesian social worker Tri Mumpuni is among the winners of Asia’s prestigious Magsaysay award this year for giving green technologies to the poor, organizers said on Wednesday.
Award foundation president Carmencita Abella said Tri, along with an Indian engineer and a Philippine charity group, had helped harness the technologies to empower their countrymen and worked to create waves of progressive change across Asia.
Each year six people or organizations are named joint winners of the Magsaysay award.
This year the other winners were a man who set up an Islamic school for girls in Indonesia, a lender to India’s poorest, and a man working to restore democracy in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge murdered his father.
“Working on critical issues … they are showing how commitment, competence, and collaborative leadership can truly transform individual lives and galvanize community action,” Abella said.
The award, often described as Asia’s Nobel Prize, is named after a famous Philippine president who died in a 1957 plane crash.
It aims to honor people who address issues of human development in Asia with courage and creativity.