Coalitions for Change

Coalitions for Change (CfC) is a centerpiece program of the partnership between the Australian Embassy and The Asia Foundation in the Philippines. CfC supports key policy reforms that will make a difference in the lives of Filipinos, especially the poor and marginalized. CfC is focused on the whole policy cycle—identifying obstacles and gaps, improving how policies are developed, implemented, and enforced, and monitoring the impacts policy changes create. CfC measures success by looking at the impact of policy reforms and how these lead to sustainable and scalable social or economic outcomes. CfC creates spaces for collaboration and brings together motivated groups, organizations and individuals—whether they be politicians, scholars, reform advocates or civil society members—to build the demand for better governance. With the right people, sound evidence, and valuable connections, these coalitions and networks are well-positioned to successfully influence policies. Starting in 2012, CfC works to address development concerns consistent with the Philippine government's agenda: promoting economic growth, reducing vulnerability, improving education outcomes, and advocating for effective governance.
 

Fully Abled Nation – Making Elections More Inclusive

October 30, 2018

Publication

People with disabilities face many challenges that make it difficult for them to cast their votes. Polling places usually do not have the appropriate facilities and election staff that can help people with disabilities vote conveniently and with dignity. This story traces the efforts of Fully Abled Nation (FAN), a multi-sectoral coalition, towards… Read more

 

MEL in Adaptive Programming: Expanding the State of the Art

October 29, 2018

Publication

The Asia Foundation’s Philippines office, with the support from the Australian Embassy, recently hosted a two-day Practitioners Forum on Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) in adaptive programming. The forum served as a platform for exchange, collaboration, and network-building to more than 50 MEL specialists from around the world. This repo… Read more

Cover art for the publication Proof for Planning. 

Proof for Planning: Mapping Road Investments

October 17, 2018

Publication

Accurate geospatial information is crucial for planning infrastructure investments, such as roads. In the Philippines, however, not all local governments have the resource to access reliable maps or the capacity to utilize such data. This story traces the contribution of a Coalitions for Change project on local road infrastructure reform. By workin… Read more

 

Work Immersion: Real World Experience at Senior High

October 16, 2018

Publication

In the Philippines, youth unemployment hampers meaningful economic development. The sector’s lack of knowledge, skills, and work experience puts them at a disadvantage. One way to address this is through the Department of Education’s Senior High School (SHS) program, ushered by the K-12 education reform. One of its components, the work immersion pr… Read more

 

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning in Adaptive Programming: Expanding the State of the Art

September 12, 2018

Blog

No matter how you slice it, implementing a project in the field of international development ultimately boils down to this: is the project helping the people it intends to reach, and how do you know? That translates directly into the essential nuts and bolts of project management and how to measure results. Are you achieving what you had hoped? How… Read more

 

Philippines: Linking Senior High Schools and Industry

August 13, 2018

Video

Over 1.4 million high school students in grades 11 and 12 underwent the 2017-2018 Work Immersion program. This program offers a simulated workplace experience so students can develop industry-based competencies to improve their employment prospects. The Asia Foundation’s Coalitions for Change (CfC) program worked with the Department of Education, o… Read more

 

Philippines: Linking Alternative Learning System and Industry

August 13, 2018

Video

In the Philippines, the traditional Alternative Learning System (ALS) was primarily focused on basic literacy, accreditation, and equivalency. The Department of Education saw the need to enhance the ALS program to best cater to out-of-school youth who are seeking employment. Using the successful industry linkage approach of Coalitions for Change in… Read more

 

Department of Education and Coalitions for Change: Reducing School Congestion

July 9, 2018

Video

About four million elementary and high school students in the Philippines attend extremely crowded public schools. In a few cases, one classroom has to accommodate over one hundred students in shifts throughout the day. This is far from the ideal target of 45 students per classroom. A shortage of buildable land was identified as the most critical i… Read more

 

Philippines: Tourism Industry Training in Senior High Schools

May 30, 2018

Program Snapshot

Turo-Turismo is a project run by The Asia Foundation in the Philippines, through our Coalitions for Change (CfC) partnership with the Australian government. Beginning with a pilot program in Bohol in 2014, later expanded to the adjacent island provinces of Cebu and Siquijor in 2016, the tourism-focused training and immersion program prepares high s… Read more

 

New Campaign Launches to Increase Employment for Persons with Disabilities in the Philippines

Manila, May 4, 2018

News

On May 1, 2018, The Asia Foundation’s Fully Abled Nation (FAN) program, a partnership between the Australian Embassy and The Asia Foundation in the Philippines, launched a new campaign called “May 1% Ka Ba” (Do you have 1%?), a play on the May 1 Labor Day date, that aims to promote inclusive employment and raise the overall percentage of employees… Read more

 

Revamping Philippine Election Service

March 2, 2018

Publication

The Election Reforms Law of 1987 mandates that Philippine public school teachers oversee the voting and counting processes during elections. While this old law provided a capable and available workforce, it unintentionally made teachers vulnerable to political pressures. This brief traces the efforts of the Coalitions for Change program and its ref… Read more

Manila traffic 

To Realize Duterte’s ‘Golden Age of Infrastructure’ in Philippines, Better Roads a Must

January 31, 2018

Blog

For anyone who has spent time in the Philippines, you can probably relate to the frustration over the country’s poor road and transportation infrastructure. Whether in metro Manila, where an average commuter spends more than an hour stuck in traffic jams or about three hours commuting to and from work, or in the countryside, where paved roads end a… Read more

 

Coalitions for Change

December 18, 2017

Publication

Coalitions for Change (CfC) is the centerpiece of a partnership between the Australian Embassy and The Asia Foundation in the Philippines. CfC focuses on key policy reforms to improve lives of Filipinos and promote their economic well-being. CfC encourages civil society, private sector, academe, and government to work together and bring about publi… Read more

 

Promoting Land Governance Reform in the Philippines, 2000-2017: Long-term Linkages, Legacies, and Lessons

September 7, 2017

Publication

This paper traces four major reforms in Philippine land governance, including their scope, outcomes, and complementarities. It also offers lessons on considering institutional capacity and political feasibility, and the importance of capitalizing on gains. With property rights as an important contributor to economic growth, the paper’s holistic exa… Read more

 

Funding the Front Liners: New Disaster Fund Rules to Help Local Governments

August 2, 2017

Publication

On March 14, 2017, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council approved new rules administering the use of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund. The new Rules represent the culmination of a Coalitions for Change (CfC) effort that began in June 2015 under the Partnership of the Australian Government and The Asia Found… Read more

 

Creative Development Aid Modalities: Alleviating School Congestion in the Philippines

June 28, 2017

Publication

This paper features a reform in basic education aimed at reducing congestion for public schools in the Philippines. The reform journey covers five years, and examines how Coalitions for Change mobilized a team, listened to local knowledge and experiences, pursued reform conjectures amidst changing political and development landscape, and finally ar… Read more

 

Airport Congestion in the Philippines Sees Improvements

May 24, 2017

Blog

One month from now, Rodrigo Duterte will mark his first year as president of the Philippines. While other more controversial aspects of his policies have captured international headlines during his first year, including a brutal war against drugs, and yesterday’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the Duterte administration is continuing to fo… Read more

 

Coalitions for Change Helps Promote Clark, Ease Manila Airport Congestion

April 21, 2017

Publication

The severe congestion in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Philippines’ international gateway, is hampering growth and investments. Designed for 30 million passengers but possessing a single runway, NAIA is prone to flight delays. Using technical analysis and coalition building, Coalitions for Change’s effort contributed to the governm… Read more

Congested classroom in the Philippines 

School Congestion in the Philippines: A Breakthrough Solution

April 5, 2017

Blog

Each June, over 21 million elementary and high school students start a new school year in the Philippines, and almost 4 million of them, or 18 percent of the entire student population, will be forced to attend extremely overcrowded public schools. In urban areas, some classes hold over 100 students—well beyond the Department of Education’s (DepEd)… Read more

Manila 

Oxfam: So is ‘Doing Development Differently’ a movement now? And if so, where’s it going?

March 30, 2017

Media Coverage

Oxfam’s From Poverty to Power blogs about The Asia Foundation’s Coalitions for Change program and Program Director for Economic Reform and Development Entrepreneurship Jaime Faustino: It seems we have few examples of successful practice here – the Coalitions for Change program in the Philippines is one, led by Jaime Faustino of The Asia Foundation.

 

Coalitions for Change: CR+ID

February 22, 2017

Video

The Australian Government and The Asia Foundation, through the Coalitions for Change (CfC) flagship program, hopes to effect policy reform by encouraging civil society, the private sector, the academe, and the government to work together and contribute to transformative change. One of CfC’s key reform agenda is to rationalize infrastructure plannin… Read more

 

Breakthrough Solution to Reduce Congestion in Public Schools

February 9, 2017

Publication

Overcrowded classrooms, a prevalent problem for the Philippines, have a negative impact on students’ learning. Almost four million students (about 18 percent of the student population) attend congested public schools. In urban areas, some classes hold as many as 100 students – well beyond the Department of Education’s (DepEd) prescribed 45 students… Read more

 

Coalitions for Change: Expediting Philippine Government Land Titling

February 8, 2017

Publication

New rules issued: titling Philippine government land now easier and faster Many Philippine national agencies and local governments continue to occupy untitled land, exposing the government facilities to the risk of displacement should there be usurpation or claims of ownership for the lands occupied. The Philippine government issued a policy to fac… Read more

 

Laguna’s Senior High School Linkages in Semi-conductor and Light Manufacturing Industries

November 11, 2016

Video

The cities of Calamba and Cabuyao in Laguna are home to prime industrial estates whose continuous growth over the next three years would provide local employment opportunities. However, manufacturing companies experience difficulty in recruitment, with technical positions taking at least six months to be filled. In this video, see how the Coalition… Read more

 

Bohol’s Tourism-Focused Senior High School Program

November 7, 2016

Video

The growing number of local and international tourists visiting Bohol accelerated the growth of its hotel and restaurant industry. In this video, see how Coalitions for Change (CfC), an initiative under the Australian Embassy and The Asia Foundation Partnership in the Philippines, worked with the Department of Education (DepEd), the provincial and… Read more

 

Coordinating Roads and Infrastructure Investments for Development

July 20, 2016

Publication

The Australian Embassy and The Asia Foundation, through the Coalitions for Change (CfC) flagship program, hopes to effect policy reform by encouraging civil society, the private sector, the academe, and the government to work together and contribute to transformative change. One of CfC’s key reform agenda is to rationalize infrastructure planning a… Read more

 

Coalitions for Change: Improving Readiness for Senior High School (SHS) in the Philippines

June 20, 2016

Publication

The Australian Embassy and The Asia Foundation, through its Coalitions for Change (CfC) flagship program, hopes to effect policy reform by encouraging civil society, the private sector, the academe, and the government to work together and contribute to transformative change. One of CfC‘s key reform agenda is to support the Philippine Government’s K… Read more

 

Coalitions for Change and DSWD

June 20, 2016

Publication

In November 2014, around 200 Informal Settler Families (ISF) voluntarily moved from their homes in dangerous waterway areas in Metro Manila to safer areas within the city. The transfer of these families represented the culmination of an activity that began in mid-2013 by the Coalitions for Change (CfC) program, a Partnership between the Australian… Read more

 

Coalitions for Change Helps Title Public School Sites

June 20, 2016

Publication

A surprising 90 percent of 46,379 sites of Philippine public schools are not properly titled.  This is problematic because schools may be vulnerable to usurpation and adverse claims of ownership if their rights to the property remain unclear. The Coalitions for Change (CfC) program worked with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of E… Read more

 

Getting it Right: Reporting on Disability in the Philippines

April 27, 2016

Publication

Media plays an influential role in Philippine society and it is paramount that reportage of disability-related issues and affairs is made knowledgeably and with sensitivity. The publication provides first-hand experience of what life is like for persons with disabilities, which helps clarify and define the different kinds of disability. With these… Read more

 

The Right to Vote: Filipinos with Disabilities and the 2013 Elections

April 18, 2014

Publication

The Right to Vote: Filipinos with Disabilities and the 2013 Elections chronicles the journey of government and civil society to make the 2013 elections disability-inclusive. Produced by the media nonprofit VERA Files, the book recounts in text and photos the experience of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the 2012 special voters registration and… Read more