How closing organizational gaps helps boost local capacity

Philippine civil society representatives at COP19. The Philippines is home to an active civil society, making it a suitable country for a CSO capacity-building project. Photo by: 350.org / CC BY-NC-SA

In 2011, the Ayala Foundation was chosen to implement the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Strengthening the Capacity of Philippine Civil Society Organizations Project, a 40-month initiative in line with USAID Forward’s objective to improve aid effectiveness by increasingly going local.

The project, according to Chief of Party Marissa Camacho, “could not have come at a better time.” The role of partnerships has been a main focus of the administration of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, who has emphasized the potential of expanding civil society collaborations.

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    Anna Patricia Valerio

    Anna Patricia Valerio is a Manila-based development analyst focusing on writing innovative, in-the-know content for senior executives in the international development community. Before joining Devex, Patricia wrote and edited business, technology and health stories for BusinessWorld, a Manila-based business newspaper.