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PJPA JA 2001-4: FORGE, Inc.: examining the organization and its capability-building needs for policy advocacy

Philnet's aim is to push for a process of rural democratization and development in partnership with the rural poor and the marginalized through their organizations. Philnet-RDIs adopt a strategy through which their objectives are translated in the following core programs, namely: (a) Rural Economic Development Program (b) Asset Reform, and (c) Area Development Planning and Project Development and Management. Depending on the specific characteristics/requirements of an area, local organizations may identify and develop their respective plans. An RDI garners support from its own network-the Philnet Central Office and Secretariat and the rest of the RDIs. The RDIs gather and learn from each other's experiences and through the Regional Centers, RDIs are able to collect lessons, inspirations and ideas for innovation. By way of donor links, RDI Cebu and Leyte are funded by Christian Aid. Training and other capacity-building interventions among the RDI staff were supported by Philnet or through Philnet's endorsement. In effect, new demands for skills and development vis-a-vis capacity building refer to an alternative perspective in dealing with NGO leadership and performance and in responding to the challenges of governance. Philnet highlights the following types of skills development that it finds useful for its work: (1) leadership development such as building capacities of farmer leaders and RDI staff; (2) negotiation skills of local leaders and RDIs staff; and (4) mentoring/coaching/consultancy by academic people who could extend guidance in Philnet-RDI activities. Further implied in Philnet-RDI's capability building requirements are skills related to managing their actions and dealings with government agencies especially at the local government level.

UP-National College of Public Administration and Governance
Authors Keywords
Co, Edna E. A.; Social advocacy; Nongovernmental organizations -- Case studies; Capabilities approach (Social sciences); Philippine Network of Rural Development Institute, Inc.; Rural Development Institutes-Cebu and Leyte;
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