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Please note: Years listed represent the fiscal year in which the project took place. Projects from a completed fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) are typically added in the following Spring. Fiscal Year 2013 projects will be added in Spring, 2014.

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Projects : Philippines

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The Asia Foundation-Stanford APARC Fellowship

National Economic and Development Authority support for the Director of National Planning, to spend an academic year at Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center researching the political economy of economic reform in selected Asian countries; Funding for an additional two months in The Asia Foundation's Korea office to focus on economic reform efforts in Korea and Korea's overseas development assistance efforts.

2012

Access to Trade and Growth of Women's SMEs in APEC Developing Economies: Evaluating Business Environments in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia

Conducting a survey in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia to increase the understanding of constraints to women's entrepreneurship and access to trade in APEC developing economies. Developing policy recommendations for consideration by women business associations and by APEC and its member economies to build awareness of, and interest for, the role of women and the need to create women-friendly business environments.

Total Expenditures: $206,761

Funding Sources: Expenditures:
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat (APEC Secretariat)$145,664
Congressional appropriation$61,097
2012

Aid to Subnational Conflict Areas

Conducting research on the Philippines’ component of a multi-country comparative analysis of aid to subnational conflict areas. The study constitutes a critical and comprehensive examination of subnational conflicts and will identify the most critical contextual factors and program characteristics needed for aid programs to be successful, and illustrate some of the more promising approaches used to date. 

Local Partner:

Social Weather Stations

Total Expenditures: $165,251

Funding Sources:
The World Bank
2012

Books for Asia Events

Luncheon celebrating the Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program with Ms. Melody Zavala, Director of Books for Asia, discussing the program, and Dr. Steven Rood, The Asia Foundation's Representative in the Philippines, providing an update on the Books for Asia program in the Philippines.

2012

Books for Asia

Distribution of 23,575 books and journals to 532 public and private institutions across the country. Providing books to all three of the island groups Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, for government and educational institutions from pre-school up to university levels.

Total Expenditures: $5,087

Funding Sources:
Kiwanis International
2012

Books for Asia

Distribution of 66,577 books and journals to 1,037 public and private institutions across the country. Providing books to all three of the island groups Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, for government and educational institutions from pre-school up to university levels.

Total Expenditures: $106,146

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

Case Buildup for Cases of Extrajudicial Killings, Enforced Disappearances, and Torture

Supporting public prosecutors in case preparation to increase their capacity in the investigation and prosecution of extra-judicial killings.

Total Expenditures: $32,271

Funding Sources:
United States Embassy, in Philippines
2012

Citizen Survey on Mindanao Peace

Conducting a dedicated Mindanao-wide sample survey on the ongoing peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The results helped inform the negotiators about the perceptions, concerns, and interests of the public.

Local Partner:

Social Weather Stations

Total Expenditures: $70,509

Funding Sources:
Government of the Philippines, Office of the Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process
2012

Coalitions for Change (CfC)

Supporting formal and informal multi-sectoral coalitions and networks around specific policy and reform issues in the areas of basic education, local governance, peace and security in Mindanao, and disaster risk management/climate change; Supporting civil society organizations in improving the delivery of services to communities across the Philippines and; Supporting research, analytical, and capacity development activities of common interest to Australian Aid and The Asia Foundation.

Local Partners:

Abante Katutubo; Action for Economic Reform; Agusan Del Sur Society Network for Sustainable Integrated Development Inc. (ADS Network); Alliance of Bangsamoro for Peace and Sustainable Development; Antique Development Foundation, Inc.; Ateneo De Manila University; Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative Inc.; Ayala Foundation Inc. Antique; Ayala Foundation Inc. Oriental Mindoro; Balay Rehabilitation Center; Basilan Advocates for Peace; Environment, and Sustainable Development Association; Bicol Center for Community Development, Inc.; Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.; Caritas Diocese of Libmanan, Inc.; Catholic Mission for Indigenous People; Center for Community Journalism and Development; Community Awareness and Services for Ecological Concern, Inc. (CASEC); Community Development Society of the Philippines; Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society; Defending Family Values Foundation, Inc.; Diocesan Commission on Social Action - Justice and Peace, Diocese of Virac Social Action Foundation, Inc.; Foundation for Communication Initiatives; Foundation for Professional Training Inc.; Halad sa Guimaras Multi-Purpose Cooperative; Hublag Evelio Inc.; Iloilo Caucus of Development Non-Government Organizations Inc.; Institute for Political and Electoral Reform; Integrated Resource Development for Tri-People, Inc.; International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance; International Children’s Advocate Inc.; International Institute of Rural Reconstruction; Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc.; JeepneED; Kasilak Development Foundation, Inc.; Katotohanan, Pagkakaisa at Serbisyo Foundation, Inc.; Lawyers’ League for Liberty, Inc. (Libertás); LINK Center for the Deaf, Lihok Pilipina Foundation, Inc.; Mag-uugmad Foundation Inc.; Mahintana Foundation, Inc.; Matawkasi Inc.; Mindanao Action for Peace and Development (MAPAD) Initiatives, Inc.; Mindanao Dynamic Culture of Peace, Inc.; Moro Women Development and Cultural Center, Inc.; Muslim Sisters Bridging Society Inc.; Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc.; Notre Dame of Marbel University-Champagnat Community College; OND HESED Foundation, Inc.; Pailig Development Foundation, Inc.; Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA); Panaghugpong sa Gagmay ang Bayanihan Grupo sa Oriental Negros Inc.; Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting; People’s Initiative for Learning and Community Development; People's Organization for Social Transformation Development Network, Inc. (POST); Philippine Association for Citizens with Developmental and Learning Disabilities, Inc.; Philippine Business for Social Progress; Philippine Grassroots Engagements in Rural Development Foundation, Inc.; Project Development Institute for Asia, Inc.; Quidan Kaisahan- Negros Occidental Inc.; Rotary Club of Banilad Metro, Inc. (RCBMI); Samahan ng Mamamayan Zone One Tondo Inc.; Sentro para sa Ikauunlad ng Katutubong Agham at Teknolohiya, Inc. (SIKAT); Social Action Center - Legazpi City; Social Weather Stations; Southern Partners and Fair Trade Center, Inc. (SPFTC); St. Ma. Goretti Development Education Foundation Inc.; Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Talaynged Foundation, Inc.; Tambuyog Development Center, Inc.; Tarbilang Foundation, Inc.; Technology Outreach and Community Help Foundation, Inc.; The Andres Soriano Foundation, Inc.; Tribal Leaders Development Foundation Inc.; Ulangig Mindanao, Inc.; Ummah Fi Salam; United Youth for Peace and Development; Uswag Development Foundation, Inc.; Vera Files Inc.; VSO Bahaginan Foundation, Inc.

Total Expenditures: $2,775,053

Funding Sources:
Australian Aid
2012

Comparative Review of Community-Based Development in Conflict-Affected Areas of the Philippines

Conducting a study to assess the impact of community-based development projects on conflict and peace building.

Total Expenditures: $126,941

Funding Sources:
The World Bank
2012

Congressional appropriation

Support to various short-term initiatives and pilot projects related to the development of the Philippines.  

Local Partners:

Alternative Law Group; Asian Conference for Religions and Peace; Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc.; Bangsamoro Leadership and Management; Blas Ople Policy Center and Training Institute; DAKILA-Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism; Diaz Pareno and Caringal Law Office; Judicial and Bar Council; Medical Action Group; Mindanao Dynamic Culture of Peace; Inc.; Mindanao News and Information Cooperative; Pagbabago @ Pilipinas Foundation; Inc.; Philippine Political Science Association; Reconciliatory Initiatives for Development Opportunities; Ventures for Fund Raising; Women Business Council; Young Moro Professionals Network; Young Public Servants

Total Expenditures: $209,951

Funding Sources:
Congressional appropriation
2012

DFID Partnership Program Agreement: Conflict and Security Programs

Regional partnership with the Department for International Development, U.K. (DFID), including seven countries (Pakistan, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Thailand, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka), that is working to improve state-society relations in conflict-affected areas throughout the region. Helping to reduce mistrust and alienation between conflict-affected communities and state authorities. Strengthening and expanding locally driven efforts to improve governance and resolve disputes. Contributing to improved understanding of aid effectiveness in conflict-affected and fragile states.

2012

Disability-Inclusive Elections

Increasing participation of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the 2013 Philippine midterm elections and other democratic processes by heightening voter awareness, promoting partnerships to enhance support and awareness of PWD participatory needs, and strengthening the capabilities of disabled people’s organizations and NGOs supporting PWD advocacies.

Local Partners:

Cerebral Palsied Association of the Philippines, Inc.; Foundation for Communication Initiatives; LINK Center for the Deaf; Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting; Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations, Inc.; Vera Files Inc.; VSO Bahaginan Foundation

Total Expenditures: $619,916

Funding Sources:
Australian Aid
2012

Economic Growth Hubs

Targeting reforms that improve Philippine competitiveness in international economy to jumpstart economic growth. Focusing on connectivity through infrastructure reforms and delivery, including international maritime trade, local infrastructure investment and improving the policy environment for international air connectivity, as well as technical assistance to airports to prepare them for international flights. Assisting the Department of Tourism and Department of Public Works and Highways in identifying economically critical roads to jumpstart the tourism industry and in preparing the business case for Public Private Partnerships for bridge infrastructure. Improving property rights, access to credit, and investment through implementation of the 2010 Residential Free Patent Law. Supporting excise tax reforms through technical assistance.

Local Partners:

Action for Economic Reforms; Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.; Cebu Business Club; Clark International Airport Incorporation; Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.; Foundation for Economic Freedom; Iloilo Business Club; Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.; Palawan Tourism Council; Philippine Economic Society; REID Foundation, Inc.

Total Expenditures: $2,586,663

Funding Sources:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2012

Economic Policy Reform in the Philippines

Launch of the Asia Foundation's new book Built on Dreams, Grounded in Reality, which is a set of case studies by development practitioners and academics focused on trying to uncover why some Philippine economic policy reforms succeeded while others failed. Several of the authors discussed the Foundation's approach to economic policy reform, which is a combination of technical analysis, political economy analysis and political action. The cases trace the political battles involved in five successful and two unsuccessful reform efforts in telecommunications, sea transport, civil aviation, water privatization, property rights legislation, tax administration and the grain sector.

2012

Evaluating Business Environments to Foster Access to Trade and Growth of Women’s Small and Medium Enterprises in Southeast Asian APEC Developing Economies

Increasing understanding of the factors that encourage or deter access to trade and growth for women-run or women-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations. In partnership with the Women’s Business Council, the Foundation organized a Women’s Networking Workshop which provided opportunity for women in business in each country to meet and network; build a platform for continued networking among participants; identify key constraints to women in business in the Philippines; discuss in-country issues highlighted in the APEC Research findings; prepare action items and timeline to address key constraints; and create opportunities for sustainable electronic communications.

Local Partner:

Social Weather Stations

Total Expenditures: $39,336

Funding Sources:
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat (APEC Secretariat)
2012

Human Rights Forensic Assistance Program: Increasing and Improving Prosecution of Human Rights Cases through the Use of Forensic Science

Increasing and improving the prosecution of human rights violations through the use of forensic science. It does so by building the capacity of local law enforcement agencies by enhancing the use of forensic evidence increasing the identification of victims of human rights violations through the development of a database of missing persons.

Local Partners:

Equipo Peruano de Antropologia Forense; Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearances; TUV Rheinland Philippines

Total Expenditures: $189,437

Funding Sources:
United States Department of State
2012

Improving Aid to Subnational Conflict Areas

Conducting a multi-country study of development assistance to subnational conflict areas in Southeast Asia (Aceh, southern Thailand, Mindanao) as part of a regional program to build understanding of the causes, dynamics, and consequences of subnational conflicts. Providing recommendations for donors and host governments to improve the effectiveness of development and governance approaches for conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and recovery in subnational conflict areas. Strengthening the awareness of key officials, policymakers, and civil society throughout the region.

Total Expenditures: $736,000

Funding Sources:
The World Bank
2012

Improving the Monitoring, Investigation, and Prosecution of Human Rights Violations in the Philippines

Enhancing the Commission on Human Right’s Martus-based Executive Information System (MAREIS). Improving MAREIS helps to improve monitoring, investigation, and prosecution of human rights violations in the Philippines.

Local Partner:

Diaz, Parenno & Caringal (DPC) Law Office

Total Expenditures: $53,793

Funding Sources:
Australian Aid
2012

Philippines in 2012: Review and Forecast

A luncheon presentation given by Dr. Steven Rood, The Asia Foundation's longtime Country Representative for the Philippines, on the afternoon of Thursday, January 26th, to discuss the latest developments in the Philippines, touching on prospects for fundamental governance reform, as well as such recent events as the string of high-profile resignations and indictments regarding electoral fraud. Dr. Rood also provided his forecast and assessment of issues likely to dominate the Philippine political agenda in 2012, including the progress of peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and continued anti-corruption efforts by President Aquino's administration.

2012

Preparatory Activities for the Coalitions for Change (CfC)

Expanding a budget transparency project to the sites of Australian Aid’s Provincial Roads Management Facility. Conducting a political economy analysis of information flows in the Department of Education, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and key positions in government. Conducting a study on the utilization of the “development entrepreneurship” approach in social sector policy reform. Mapping of issues, stakeholders, and interventions dealing with conflict in Mindanao.

Local Partners:

Center for Disaster Preparedness Foundation Inc. (CDPI); Mindanao Business Council, Inc.; REACH Foundation, Inc.; Vera Files Inc.; Xavier University

Total Expenditures: $285,139

Funding Sources:
Australian Aid
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