Lighting Up Lives

Over 800 million poor people in the Asia-Pacific Region do not have access to basic services like energy, water, health care, or ecological resources. Within the 5-P (Pro Poor Public Private Partnership) initiative IBEKA works with UN-ESCAP to try to provide such services to the poor that is both sustainable and viable in the long term. This initiative tries to bring together public and private partnership with the community for mutual benefit.

The Cinta Mekar Project is a demonstration project of the 5-P initiative that brings together the private sector and the community that is organised into a cooperative as a joint venture to built a Micro Hydro Power Plant. Support also come from the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the state owned National Electricity Company PLN by purchasing the electricity produced under the power purchase agreement.

Micro Hydro Project in the Kingdom of Kasepuhan

IBEKA is committed in making significant contribution to improve the social and economic condition of the community in rural and remote areas by reconnecting the local resource to the local community using appropriate technology. Although many of the electrification projects IBEKA has dealt with are with off-grid communities, more recently has IBEKA also succeeded in giving benefit to on-grid communities.

Ever since the Government of Indonesia developed a power purchase agreement (PPA) stated in the Peraturan Pemerintah no.31/tahun 2009, which states that the National Electricity Company PLN is obliged to purchase electricity from small and medium renewable energy plants under 10 MW, IBEKA has tried to make sure that the community can also benefit from this PPA. So with this scheme the electricity produced by the newly built renewable energy plants that are located on grid can now be sold to PLN, and since the community has a share in the plants, they will also benefit from the electricity purchase.

One of the many projects initiated by IBEKA, the Micro Hydro Project in the Kingdom of Kasepuhan, used this very scheme of income generation from the power purchase agreement.


Our story

It’s all started with the activity of 22 students of Bandung Institute of Technology which frustrated with development policy implemented by the Government in rural area in late 70′s. These group become Mandiri Foundation, established in December 1979, an NGO which mainly works to help the villagers to encounter their problem using appropriate technology. The spin off of Mandiri Foundation become IBEKA, an Indonesian abbreviation of Inisiatif Bisnis dan Ekonomi Kerakyatan or in english People Centered Business and Economic Initiative, establish in late 1992 by Iskandar Budisaroso Kuntoadji, one of the Mandiri Foundation founder.

Recently IBEKA is a social business entity with strong engineering background, dealt in various development issues. Using a mixture of appropriate technology and sociology to empower the local villagers and the marginal groups in urban area, not only to increase the welfare but also drive the community to be self reliance and reach the economic freedom stage. Various renewable energy implementation program is used as an entry point to make the local community organized and ready for further empowerment program such as village coop extension, farming extension, house hold enterprise extension, small manufacturer and local workshop extension, etc.

IBEKA goal is to flourish the local social enterprises which will divers the local economy. IBEKA believed the more divers the economy, the more sustainable is. Economic diversity will accelerate the decreasing or even eradicate the poverty and lead the world to achieve balance in social justice and resilience of the environmental carrying capacity.


IBEKA dedicates to make a significant contribution to improve the social and economic condition of the community in rural and remote areas by reconnecting the local resource to the local community using appropriate technology. The local community possession to the local resources will be the base of more equitable “future” economic model.


  • Develop relationships / schemes in renewable energy programs which prioritized the benefits and impacts to community self-reliance, local socio-economic improvement and environmental issues.
  • Develop, promote and support wider adoption of renewable energy utilization, especially small scale hydro-power for local equity building.
  • Promote, develop, improve and support rural social entrepreneur to benefit the local community and local economic diversity.




Aston Tropicana Hotel, Bandung, West Java


in Cooperation with



June 2nd – 8th , 2009

The training were attended from 18 countries, such as:
1. Cambodia, Mr. Chy Chanrasmey, Technical Officer, Hydroelectricity Department Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy
2.Fiji, Mr. Chand Denise,Scientific Officer, Ministry of Works, Public Utilities & Energy, Fiji Department of Energy
3.India,Mr. Birendra Singh Negi,Scientist “E”Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
4.Indonesia,Ms. Rosita Watofa,Head of Economic Section, Manokwari Regent Office
5.Indonesia,Mr. Muhamad Irwanto ,Head of Economic Planner

IBEKA’s micro-hydro project in March 2010

IBEKA’s micro-hydro project in the village of Putri Betung, Aceh Province, Sumatra, Indonesia is now up and running and seven rural villages are receiving clean electricity from the system. An agricultural processing facility has been constructed and women are now using stainless steel facilities to process their harvests of patchouli, candlenut, coffee, and other crops. (Profile picture is from this project in Gunung Leuser National Park. In this picture workers build the pipe which guides water from a river above the system to the turbines located below, then the water is released back into the river below the turbines.)

The development of a new micro-hydro project in rural East Kalimantan is now underway and scheduled for completion in June of 2010.