Yayasan Kopernik is energizing Indonesia’s peace and security agenda by empowering women to become micro-social entrepreneurs that sell life changing, clean-energy technologies to remote villages. They aptly title these women
translated as inspirational women in Indonesian or ‘wonder women’ in English. Kopernik’s Wonder Women initiative employs scalable technologies, ranging from solar lanterns, to water filters, to clean cookstoves, that are life changing because of their multi-dimensional impact on the nation’s resilience.
At a micro level, they save women’s time and money, improve health and safety for the children and open up new economic opportunities for the community. At a macro level, they ease the pressure on the environment and accelerate the post-disaster recovery process by equipping the nation to respond to environmental or economic shocks.
Kopernik works with 330 ‘wonder women’ across Indonesia, who have sold more than 12,500 clean energy products to date, reducing CO2 emissions by an estimated 6,000 tonnes. This allows Kopernik to address the root causes of conflict of resource-scarcity, gender inequity and economic instability.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for Kopernik’s Wonder Women initiative. By supporting micro social entrepreneurs in clean energy, this initiative empowers Indonesian women to boost economic development and make life easier for families in remote villages. By easing the burden on women’s time through simple household technologies and creating new businesses where opportunities for women are extremely limited, we hope to encourage sustainable development in some of Indonesia’s poorest provinces, leading to more stable, peaceful and prosperous communities.”
Sustainable, scalable, inclusive peacebuilding, that has long-term and transformative impact.
The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge is a joint initiative by the N-Peace Network, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX).
Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX)
IIX is a a leading organisation in the global impact investing space whose mission is to impact 100 million lives by 2020 by linking development with finance.
N-Peace is a UNDP-managed multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia advancing women’s leadership for conflict prevention, resolution, and peacebuilding.
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.