Makati City, Philippines, March 3, 2014 — A book illustrating the intricacies of social sector policy reform and the “maneuvers” undertaken to achieve genuine reform will be launched on March 4 at 4:00 pm at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Makati City. The book, entitled Room for Maneuver: Social Sector Policy Reform in the Philippines, is a project of The Asia Foundation in partnership with Australian Aid and the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP).
The book highlights the realities faced and the successes and failures experienced by individuals, groups, organizations, and coalitions in the complex arena of social sector reform. This book is a follow on to case studies on economic policy reform. Ky Johnson, the Foundation’s deputy country representative in the Philippines, will open the event, followed by messages from the book’s editors and authors.
Geoff King, Counsellor for the Governance Pillar of the Development Cooperation Branch of the Australian Embassy Manila, will give the closing message.
The book highlights four case studies of social sector reform: anti-violence against women and children, reproductive health, education governance, and freedom of information. The book’s contributors include Adrian Leftwich, Raul Fabella, Jaime Faustino, Andrew Parker, Abigail de la Cruz, Michelle Domingo, Jerryll Reyes, Purple Romero, Jamir Ocampo, and Riza Halili.
The Foundation said the launching of the book is timely as the country faces serious institutional and systemic governance issues. The Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, jobless growth, poverty reduction challenges, and many other issues continue to demonstrate how weak institutions can hamper growth and development.