Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?
- First E-Award of the Department of Energy (Philippines)
- Ashden Award 2007
- World Bank Panibagong Paraan 2008
- Energy Globe Award 2008
- Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism
- BBC World Challenge 2010
- Energy Institute Award for Community Initiative
- Ramon Magsaysay Award (Asian Nobel Prize) 2011
- Ramon Aboitiz Triennial Award Laureate 2012
Where have you learnt about the competition?
Tell us about your partnerships:
AIDFI is open for partnerships with any organization as long these are serious towards the technology we promote. It partners now with Coca Cola in the implementation of ram pump systems. Also AIDFI has a partnership with the government agency called Bureau of Soil and Water Management which adapted the ram pump for small scale irrigation. Then AIDFI parners with independent installation teams which instal ram systems all over the country
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
A big challenge is the copycats who steal the design and who are not doing a good job, thereby leaving a trail of disaster. This people, who are out to make money from the technology and who are not concentrating on the social aspects do no good to the promotion of the technology in general.
Another is how to maintain the quality of the independent installation teams which have been trained by AIDFI. Close monitoring and feedback seems to be the best method.