Accelerating MDG Achievement: Stories from the Philippines
The case studies are categorized into three broad themes: (i) participatory policy advocacy, (ii) citizen monitoring, and (iii) innovative partnerships. While these initiatives vary widely in terms of their nature and scope of work, target groups, and adopted methods, they clearly illustrate a few key lessons. First, for any MDG advocacy and campaigning to be successful and make a tangible impact on people’s lives, people themselves need to be at the center of such efforts. Second, ordinary citizens do possess the capacity and willingness to actively engage in and own development processes that matter to them if appropriate support to develop their skills and know-how, knowledge, networks, and financial resources is provided until they become self-sustainable. Third, these statements are especially true when we aim to improve the lives of the poorest and the most marginalized. If not active participants, they will remain voiceless and marginalized. The seven cases which are presented in this compilation illustrate different ways in which citizens and communities participate to realize the MDGs in the Philippines. Many are the stories from the parts of the population that represent the worst sectors of poverty in the Philippines-- women, children, indigenous peoples and the urban poor.