For the poor and vulnerable, two months under a lockdown due to COVID19 may be too long. Despite the effects of the pandemic on non-government organizations themselves, they continue to push on, moved by stories of how the poor help each other and how ordinary citizens spring to action in order to help. How might-we convert these seemingly one-off instances of kindness, creativity, and activism into systemic efforts to zero-out poverty?
METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - In a matter of months, over 3 million people have been infected, hundreds of thousands have died, health systems have been overwhelmed, economies decimated, and the social fabric of countries stretched to the point of tearing. But this crisis also presents an unprecedented choice for development—a return to business as usual or a fundamentally alternative future?
📺 WATCH how the DICT - Free Wi-Fi for All partnership between Department of Information and Communications Technology - DICT and UNDP Philippines will change the lives of a small farming community in the province of Isabela through free internet access! By the end of 2020, the partnership aims to have 6,000 live free Wi-Fi sites in remote and disadvantaged areas all over the country! 📱📡 A big potential for digital transformation to enhance teaching and learning📚, deepen civic engagement in government processes🔎📝, and increase opportunities for economic development 📈 in the Philippines!
The report aims to inform future advocacy, programming and policymaking in the country through a more elaborate understanding of the current socio-economic situation of LBT women in the Philippines. This research was carried out by Overseas Development Institute, in partnership with GALANG (Philippines), with support from the United Nations Development Programme as part of the Being LGBTI in the Asia Pacific (BLIAP) regional programme, which aims to reduce marginalization and exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Supplementary support was provided by the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines.
Throughout history, urban centers have provided the backdrop for great stories of nations rising, serving as hubs of creativity that propel ideas, innovations, and social movements. At UNDP Philippines, we recognize how urban systems provide the dynamic context where inter-linkages between the sustainable development goals (SDGs) are intensified and most keenly felt.
Cotabao City - The Joint Peace and Security Teams (JPST) in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) received three-month worth of rice provision from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A total of 144 sacks of rice were distributed to 180 members of JPST deployed in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.
This article is the collective product of the hands, minds, and hearts that moved the Resilience & Preparedness toward Inclusive Development (RAPID) Program from paper to action. The stories and photos featured in the succeeding sections are testaments to the unwavering spirit of these individuals who, at the face of adversity in all its forms, managed to rise above and proved that together as one, we are all greater than the sum of our individual parts.

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109 million (2019)


20.8% (2019)

Poverty rate

US$ 9,400

GNI per capita

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