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Clarifying my interests. How do I begin to understand poverty in the Philippines?

When I told Julius [of Filamthropy] I wanted a job helping people in the Philippines, he asked me to refine that question, asking instead “What kind of good do you want to do?” Following his suggestion, I looked into Gawad Kalinga as a starting point for learning about social issues in the Philippines and found myself immediately latching on to the key words: poverty eradication and Philippines nation building.


This helped me realize that my focus is on a better Philippines through reducing poverty.

I’m thinking that learning more about poverty in the Philippines would help me find a way to make an impact and give me a better sense of what approaches resonate with me most.

So far, the resources I’ve reviewed are research papers on poverty in the Philippines from the Asian Development Bank. There are also papers from the World Bank, but it seems like those require a subscription. And I also found a paper on the ineffectiveness of international aid from the IBON Foundation.

What other suggestions do you have for learning more about poverty in the Philippines?

What kind of good do you want to do?

– Charles A

One comment on “Clarifying my interests. How do I begin to understand poverty in the Philippines?

  1. Julius
    March 16, 2013

    Here’s a little more information on Gawad Kalinga, directly from their website:

    “Gawad Kalinga,” translated in English means to “give care”, is a Philippine-based movement that aims to end poverty by first restoring the dignity of the poor. It employs an integrated and holistic approach to empowerment with values-formation and leadership development at its core. Established in 2003, The Foundation currently works with over 2,000 communities and has been recognized as the 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee & 2012 Skoll Awardee for Social Entrepreneurship.

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