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Kopernik in action:
09 March 2018
A Kopernik analyst talking with workers in a rubber plantation in Sanggau district, West Kalimantan.

Mapping Out the Unmet Needs of Farmers in Kalimantan and Papua »

Smallholder farmers play an important part in the agricultural value chain.  They make up more than half of the total farmer households in Indonesia, where agriculture contributes around 14% to its $932 billion economy (Indonesia Agriculture Census, 2013; World Bank, 2016)

By Nanda Riska

Kopernik in action:
07 March 2018

A butterfly effect in West Manggarai »

The butterfly effect is a phrase often used to describe how small causes can have larger effects. Initially used in weather predictions, the term later became popular among science writers and was eventually taken up by popular culture.

Its meaning has expanded with the widespread use; nowadays, it has become a common reference to how small events might have a rippling effect that cause much larger events to take place.

By Riesa Eka Putri

Kopernik insights:
27 February 2018

Just Two Extra Hours Per Week Could Make or Break a Clean Energy Technology Micro-business »

Similar to other entrepreneurs, not all “Wonder Women”-- Kopernik clean energy technology micro-entrepreneurs-- remain in business after their first year of operation. Once their immediate markets-- family, neighbors, social circles-- reach a saturation point, we notice that one of two things happens: some women are ready to expand their business into new markets, while others show diminished interest and often stop participating in the program.

By Lana Kristanto

Kopernik in action:
23 February 2018

Kopernik Partners With WIPO To Address Technology Needs In Indonesia And Cambodia »

Kopernik is partnering with Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) GREEN to identify and address technology needs in Indonesia and Cambodia towards an effort to tackle environmental and climate change challenges. WIPO Green is an interactive marketplace that connects technology and service providers with those seeking innovative solutions.

By Arvin Dwiarrahman

Kopernik in action:
14 February 2018

Replicating What is Proven to Work: No Lean Season »

No Lean Season- an innovative cash transfer program in Bangladesh implemented by Evidence Action- has been identified as one of the most cost-effective poverty alleviation interventions by the charity GiveWell and was recently featured in the Economist.

By Laetitia Lemaistre

Kopernik insights:
29 January 2018

A simple alternative to home-made haze-hacks can reduce nearly three-times the pollution »

Over a period of three months in 2015, peat and forest fires - primarily the result of illegal slash and burn practices in Sumatra and Kalimantan1- caused severe haze pollution across South East Asia and affected over 43 million people in Indonesia2.

By Nanis Sakti Ningrum

Kopernik in action:
19 January 2018
Mama Mardiah

Embracing People, Embracing Clean Technologies with Mama Mardiah »

When Mama Mardiah brought home a brand new motorcycle out of the blue, her neighbors in the village of Horinara, Adonara, Flores were excited for her. She had won the motorcycle from a competition organized by Kopernik in August 2017. In celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day, Kopernik hosted a competition among the Wonder Women across East Nusa Tenggara to sell as many technologies as possible.

By Vanesha Manuturi

Kopernik in action:
17 January 2018

Looking Back and Moving Forward: the Evolution of Kopernik »

At Kopernik, reflecting on our achievements and our failures of the past eight years have been critical in deciding how we move forward as an organization.

By Ewa Wojkowska

Kopernik in action:
08 January 2018
Mama Yoh

Mama Yoh: A Ray of Perseverance and Determination »

Under the bright and scorching sun of East Nusa Tenggara, Mama Yoh, a housewife from Larantuka, picked up one of the solar lanterns she had been demonstrating to the crowd and walked across to give them a closer look. Around 15 people were gathered at the village hall of Waibao, Tanjung Bunga, East Flores that day. Solar lanterns were a particular source of interest because the village is largely still disconnected from the nearest power grid.

By Vanesha Manuturi

Kopernik in action:
20 December 2017

Motivation and aspiration: what lies behind the Wonder Women program »

"What was your motivation to join the program?"

This is the question I’ve always asked our Wonder Women whenever I’ve had the chance to meet them. With sparkling eyes and fiery passion they always give the same answer,

"I want to help the people in my community to improve their lives."

By Ina Saptiono