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Mumpuni is executive director of IBEKA (also known as the People Centered Business and Economic Initiative), an Indonesian nongovernmental organization that empowers villagers and marginalized groups in Indonesia, East Timor, and the Philippines. She promotes the replacement of diesel-based power generation with renewable energy through interactions with key stakeholders such as Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and its state-owned electricity company and helped persuade the Indonesian government to issue its 1999 policy on independent power producers. An agricultural engineer, she has received training in energy, environment, and sustainable-development issues from numerous institutions over the course of two decades.
In the developing world, women and their families often struggle because they lack access to modern energy. Women's days are taken up with menial tasks; children quit school because they can't study at night; everyone's health suffers.
The author argues that, to ensure that the benefits of electricity accrue to everyone in a poor community, the involvement of women is indispensable; women's involvement and improved energy access are a package deal.
The author argues in favor of microhydro projects in the developing world, and argues that, in a rural village, it is often easiest to develop an infrastructure system if one seeks the heavy involvement of women from the start.