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Thinking and Working Politically In Development

In this publication, authors John T. Sidel and Jaime Faustino look into the Coalitions for Change (CfC), a program of The Asia Foundation and the Australian Embassy Partnership in the Philippines. In looking at CfC’s diverse initiatives–in tax reform, education reform, land governance reform, electoral reform, infrastructure reform, disaster risk reduction and management, and conflict resolution–the book surfaces lessons on problem-driven, adaptive, and iterative policy-making that resonates across the developing world

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

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 Foundation. This story describes the transformational policy change in Philippines disaster risk reduction and management, the process undertaken to introduce the policy reform, and key lessons from the experience.

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Cleared for Takeoff: Coalitions for Change and the Development of Clark International Airport

This paper explores the conditions that gave rise to Clark International Airport development, including the subtle but significant role of the Coalitions for Change (CfC) program. CfC and its local partners were able to successfully revive and refine the development of Clark airport as an alternative international gateway to Metro Manila, an issue which had lain dormant for years. The paper offers lessons on testing for political feasibility, technical rigor, timing, and the importance of supporting a locally-led reform.  

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

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 examination provides useful lessons not only on land governance but also for other development initiatives. 

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Creative Development Aid Modalities: Alleviating School Congestion in the Philippines

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 arrived at a simple but effective solution to address school congestion in the Philippines: providing the means for the government to secure land titles to build more schools in the years ahead. 

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Development Entrepreneurship: How Donors and Leaders can foster Institutional Change

This paper describes one version of The Asia Foundation’s approach to working politically called Development Entrepreneurship. This operational model was developed initially in the Philippines and provides a coherent, evidence-based alternative to standard donor practices. The paper identifies five distinguishing features and concludes with a set of practical management tools and recommendations to assist development agencies and their partners operationalize this approach. This is the second paper in the Working Politically in Practice paper series, launched together with ODI. 

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Revamping Philippine Election Service

This story traces the efforts of the Coalitions for Change program and its reform partners on the passage of the Election Service Reform Act (ESRA). With this new law and its implementing rules, teachers can now opt out of election service and simultaneously create opportunities for ordinary, non-partisan citizens to serve as election staff. 

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Coalitions for Change helps promote Clark and ease Manila Airport Congestion

This paper details Coalitions for Change’s effort in using technical analysis and coalition building to contribute to the government’s policy commitment in developing Clark Airport as a second international gateway airport away from Manila.   

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Breakthrough Solution to Reduce Congestion in public schools

In  2016,  the Coalitions for Change (CfC) program assisted DepEd  to develop an analytical system, procedures, and issued guidelines to purchase a land parcel to establish a new school.  Two years after introducing the reform, 14 properties have been cumulatively purchased to build public schools on. This had the potential to accommodate some 57,000 students. The paper chronicles the process and challenges in achieving this breakthrough reform 

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Coalitions for Change: Expediting Philippine Government Land Titling

This story traces how Coalitions for Change (CfC) worked with government partners to develop and implement innovative strategies to introduce a policy which helped facilitate the titling of government-occupied parcels.

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Coalitions for Change Helps Title Public School Sites

This paper details how in 2015, the Coalitions for Change (CfC ) Program worked with the Department of Education(DepED) and Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR) to help obtain land titles for 2,053 schools.

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Coalitions for Change and DSWD: Finding New Solutions to Safely House Informal Settler Families

This paper details the iterative process the Coalitions for Change (CfC ) Program undertook to identify and introduce an initial policy to help the government move ISF to safer areas.

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Room For Maneuver: Social Sector Policy Reform in the Philippines

Citing recent efforts to effect social and economic policy change in the Philippines as models, Room for Maneuver identifies best practices for social reform practitioners across the developing Asia-Pacific region.

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Built on Dreams Grounded on Reality: Economic Policy Reform in the Philippines

Based on case studies of Philippine economic sectors, Built on Dreams, Grounded in Reality contributes to our understanding of reform and what international organizations can do to foster institutional change.

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