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Decoding Conversations on Disaster Risk Reduction & Management

“Decoding Conversations” was an offshoot of the Strengthening the Capacity of Philippines CSOs Project, implemented by a consortium of civil society organizations (CSOs) to which the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) was a part of. The 3-year project led by Ayala Foundation and funded by USAID aimed to build the capacities of 120 CSOs […]

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Building Partnerships and CSO Networks: Care, Trust and Respect

Building and sustaining networks of civil society organizations (CSOs) is really about building partnerships.  Much like the relationship between business partners and life partners, the relationship among CSOs in a network is founded on mutual support and equality.  Partners are equals who help each other.  We can learn how to build and strengthen CSO networks […]

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Reflections on My CODE-NGO Internship

Working at CODE-NGO for more than two months has broadened my horizons towards understanding both the outer structures and the inner functions of civil society organizations and how they collaborate with the Philippine governance. By further looking at the significance of these organizations within the scope of our politics, it has added knowledge on how […]

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Three things you should know about Innovation for Social Impact

It seems you can’t pick up a development publication or read a funder newsletter these days without stumbling across the word ‘innovation’. Broadly defined as ‘novel solutions to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than current solutions’, social innovation has become the new fashionable catch-all term for out-of-the-box thinking and […]

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Hawkeyed Fisherfolks of Maladiona

Now that caring for the environment has become an advocacy for a few rather than an obligation to many, the Matanglawin Fisherfolks Association (MAFA) of Sitio Maladiona, Barangay Salvacion, Camarines Sur has chosen to be one with the few.

“Mahalin ang karagatan, Pangalagaan ang kalikasan” (Love the sea, take care of the environment) has been MAFA’s battle cry for 5 years now. Young and inexperienced as these 48 member-fisherfolks may be in running an organization, their genuine love for the sea and undying commitment to protect it make them veterans at coastal resource management.