The Asia Foundation’s programs in the Philippines promote better governance to support economic growth, strengthen the rule of law, and foster peace and development in Mindanao. Building on a broad network of partners, the Foundation helps government, local NGOs, and the private sector to strengthen democratic institutions and create sustainable economic growth.
Coalitions for Change
Recognized globally for its innovative and flexible approach, the Coalitions for Change (CFC) project has had significant and transformative policy impact in the Philippines, particularly on transport infrastructure, broadband internet, education, good governance and credible elections, and security sector reform. One notable policy outcome in 2018 was the law on Free Internet Access in Public Places, which improves internet connectivity throughout the country with the use of satellite and other technologies. Supported by Australian DFAT, CFC emphasizes leadership development, thereby expanding the Development Entrepreneurship network of capable and empowered government and civil society leaders. These leaders utilize and share adaptive and politically-informed approaches in pursuing a wide range of critical reforms
NEWS FROM THE PHILIPPINES
Disaster risk management—empowering frontline responders
The Philippines’ fund for disaster prevention and recovery was ineffective when Coalitions for Change (CfC), a Foundation partnership with the Australian Government, began to examine it in 2015. Since its creation in 2010, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRM), a crucial national resource, had allocated just 2 percent of its funds to local government preparedness programs. The problem was outdated rules that impeded local government access and emphasized disaster recovery over preparedness. In 2017, the Office of Civil Defense updated the NDRRM guidelines, streamlining local government access to the fund and shifting the focus from response and recovery to preparedness and mitigation.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
Impact Report 2020
Leading through change