Resources: Governance Reform Studies

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Pitfalls of Aiming to Empower the Bottom from the Top: The Case of Philippine Participatory Budgeting

This paper explains why and how a reform program that opened up spaces for participatory budgeting was ultimately unable to result in pro-citizen power shifts that transformed governance. The study reviews the design and implementation of Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB), the nationwide participatory budgeting (PB) program in the Philippines, which ran from 2012 to 2016 under the Benigno Aquino government. The findings underscore the importance of institutional design to participatory governance reforms. BuB’s goal was to transform local government by providing more space for civil society organizations (CSOs) to co-identify projects with the government and to take part in the budgeting process, but it did not strengthen CSO or grassroots capacity to hold their Local Government Units (LGUs) accountable.

 


OGP IRM Philippines Progress Report 2015-2017
Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM): The Philippines Progress Report 2015-2017

"In anticipation of the 2016 election, the third Philippine action plan sought to institutionalize existing OGP participatory mechanisms and largely continued expanding the scope of activities from previous action plans. While general awareness of OGP remains low, the passage on an Executive Order on Freedom of Information and inclusion of new commitments on improving public service delivery indicates sustained energy on areas with immediate impact on citizens’ lives."

 


Enhancing Women’s Representation in Local Special Bodies Toward a Gender-Responsive and Performing Local Governance in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
Enhancing Women’s Representation in Local Special Bodies Toward a Gender-Responsive and Performing Local Governance in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

This paper looks into the gender-responsiveness of local governance in the ARMM and presents propositions to enhance the representation of women in local special bodies in the region.

 


Understanding Governance Reforms in "Fragile" Societies: The Case of Bottom-Up Budgeting in ARRM
Understanding Governance Reforms in "Fragile" Societies: The Case of Bottom-Up Budgeting in ARMM

This paper focuses on the central question: How do governance reforms happen (or not happen) in “fragile” or post-conflict societies?

 


Opening Government? The Case of the Philippines in the Open Government Partnership
Opening Government? The Case of the Philippines in the Open Government Partnership

This study explores whether and how Philippine open government reformers have been able to leverage the Open Government Partnership (OGP) mechanisms, processes, spaces, and assistance to improve government responsiveness and accountability.

 


Expenditure Monitoring in the Philippines: A Rapid Scan of the Experience (Draft)
Expenditure Monitoring in the Philippines: A Rapid Scan of the Experience (Draft)

The attempt of civil society to venture into expenditure monitoring is a huge challenge. It is a new terrain that involves technicalities and requires access to critical processes and documents of the government.

 


Guidelines for the Sustained National Implementation of CSO Participation in the Department of Education (DepEd)
Guidelines for the Sustained National Implementation of CSO Participation in the Department of Education (DepEd) (Draft)

This strategy paper is a comprehensive guide for the sustainability of CSO-government engagement in the Department of Education (DepEd).

 


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Enhancing the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) Report Card Survey (RCS): A Report to the Civil Service Commission

There is a need to look at how the RCS can be improved in assisting the frontline agencies in ensuring “prompt, efficient, honest and high quality” delivery of services. 

This research aims to provide recommendations to the CSC on how the ARTA-RCS can be improved in effectively assisting the frontline agencies in reducing red tape in their delivery of services by:

 


The State of the Reform Agenda under Aquino (A Mid-Term Audit of the Reform Agenda)
The State of the Reform Agenda under Aquino (A Mid-Term Audit of the Reform Agenda)

This reform agenda assessment seeks to review the accomplishments of the administration of President Aquino in the first half of his term.

 


Civil Society Participation and Education Spending of Philippine Cities
Civil Society Participation and Education Spending of Philippine Cities

This paper presents the result of the exploratory research conducted by a research team of Ateneo School of Government that studied the impact of civil society participation on the responsiveness of local spending for education.

 

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