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This section contains selected papers that were prepared as part of AER’s Policy Study Series on Poverty. The Policy Study project was done in cooperation with the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) as part of the Poverty Alleviation Program of the Social Reform Agenda (PAPSRA). The Philippine Canada Development Fund supported this project, which was completed in December 2001.

The project was designed to contribute to the development of a responsive national policy environment that can effectively address poverty and related development issues. Specifically, it aimed to: 1) assess the country’s poverty situation and identify critical issues that need immediate policy attention; 2) review existing policies, programs and initiatives on poverty reduction; and 3) recommend policy measures, intervention strategies and programs to address persisting poverty in the Philippines.

The policy studies covered a broad range of topics – asset reform, resource management, safety nets, social protection, financing, local governance and others. Several studies highlighted specific issues affecting Mindanao. A set of studies was also prepared to review programs that were being implemented or planned by NAPC.

Nasa Isip Lamang

This paper, written in Filipino, presents a cultural definition of poverty. It describes the various ways Filipinos adapt to poverty in order not to feel desolate. It begins with the assertion that Filipinos do not want to feel desolate. The paper points out that for the poor, poverty is a state of mind. In the […]

A Critique Of The Kalahi Program

This paper analyzes the program components, strategies and structures of the KALAHI (Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan) Program, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's response to alleviate poverty in the Philippines. It also examines the status of the KALAHI program implementation, with the end in view of defining its strengths, the areas where improvements could be made, and […]

The People’s Development Trust Fund: Setting Up a Trust Fund for Capability Building

This paper was written to assist NAPC in formulating a capability-building program that will make most efficient and effective use of the People's Development Trust Fund for the benefit of micro-finance institutions and their clients. In doing so, it looks into the sufficiency of these funds to accommodate or match the capability-building needs of the […]