The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation


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LECTURE PAPER: Wallet of the Poor – A Model of Sustainable Faith-Based Giving

2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Dompet Dhuafa never knew that from humble beginnings, their organization will become the largest philanthropic organization in Indonesia.  In this heartfelt lecture, they laid out the pillars of their successful programs that have collected an impressive USD 20 million and have reached out to a staggering 13 million beneficiaries.  These transformative […]

LECTURE PAPER: Bridging Social Divides through the Healing Power of Music and the Arts

In this inspiring lecture paper, the irreverent Thodur Madabushi Krishna, 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership, shares that the arts can indeed bring healing and catharsis.  Perhaps more importantly, he argues that true healing occurs when the artistic community acknowledges the pain it directly or indirectly inflicts upon others.  Put on your thinking caps.  You […]

LECTURE PAPER: Whose Business is Cultural Preservation?

Some people crumble at the weight of daunting tragedy. But 2001 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Ikuo Hirayama is not just “some people”. A survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, Hirayama has used his literal and figurative scars to promote peace through his artwork and to spearhead movements to preserve culture and heritage across Asia. That’s because Hirayama […]

BUTET MANURUNG: Not Your Typical Teacher

With nomadic children of Indonesia’s vast forests as her students and the lush canopies as their classroom, nothing about 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Saur Marlina Manurung’s work can be described as typical.  Yet through her determination, compassion and Greatness of Spirit, she educated Indonesia’s Orang Rimba, Indiana Jones-style.RelatedManurung, Saur Marlina (Awardee) Saur Marlina Manurung, more popularly […]

LECTURE PAPER: A Working Model for Affordable and Quality Education for the Poor

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) was established with a vision to remove barriers of class and privilege through provision of quality education to the poorest children of Pakistan, with a special focus on girls. In this great longread, learn about the practical ways education visionaries from Karachi provided superior, world-class teaching at almost zero cost and […]

PHOTO ESSAY: Brick by Brick

2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Omara Khan Masoudi knew the importance of art and culture in shaping the identity of future Afghans.  After laboriously restoring the depleted National Museum of Afghanistan to a semblance of its former glory, it reopened its doors to the public in 2004; its collections have been built up to sixty-five thousand items […]


The Philippines has only 157 scientists and engineers for every one million Filipinos.  How do you curb this problem and make Physics more interesting for young students in rural areas?  2010 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Christopher and Ma. Victoria Bernido used the formula: Patriotism + Passion for Science + Greatness of Spirit.  (And add a little […]