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WeSolve helped organize improbable individuals and organizations to reform our public transport system. Together, we formed the Move As One Coalition.

Pre-COVID19 Transport Situation

Purpose of this case study

This case study discusses how Move As One built a coalition backbone to advance the work of hundreds of public transportation champions with a shared vision of creating a safer, more inclusive, and more humane public transportation system in the Philippines. Move As One’s work has been supported by WeSolve, The Asia Foundation Coalitions for Change Program, Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP), Siptiani Foundation, and the Netherlands Embassy of the Philippines, among other development organizations.

In response to the transport crisis, around 20 people from different sectors decided to band together to support…

From the smallest unit of the barangay to community pantries to People Power, collective action has always been something that we as Filipinos are used to doing. The concept of bayanihan, which has always been a characteristic Filipino custom, shows how we value working together from a cultural perspective.

Photo credit: Communal Work: Bayanihan on Wikipedia

But at an institutional level, where timeframes are longer and sustainability is essential, more strategic thinking and practices are required beyond ad hoc movements and organizations. …

by Rapa Lopa

Sometime in 2020, I heard about this seemingly benign phrase “Ok Boomer!” As it goes these days, I immediately searched what this phrase was all about on Google. It was then that I discovered that “OK Boomer” was a new expression (a meme as they call it nowadays) that went viral on social media.

It was a reaction of the millennials and GenZs to a video of a man declaring, “The millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don’t ever want to grow up”. The meme was an expression of the younger generation’s frustration over what they…

by Daniel Benito

In my previous work where I learned about systemic risks, I often came across Aristotle’s famous words:“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. It sounds quite elementary: the parts make up a whole. But looking at it more critically, the whole is more than simply adding the parts together, because in the act of combining, they don’t simply stack up. Oftentimes, their effects are amplified and compounded by the relationships between the parts. It is how the parts interact with each other that bring down or lift up the whole. …

by Ken Abante and Jesha Villasis

(originally published for Rappler last April 16, 2020)

It has been almost a month since the government imposed a Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine which forced many daily wage workers to stop working and to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But of the planned P200 billion emergency subsidy program which aims to give P5,000 to P8,000 in aid to 18 million of the poorest households in the Philippines, only P16 billion has been sent to 3.7 million households, according to the President’s most recent report.

These initial households are members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program…

Collaboration makes magic, but collaboration doesn’t just happen like magic.

Last November 2020, we shared our take on why collaboration is the secret to innovation and systemic change in a plenary hosted by United Nations Development Programme — UNDP in Asia and The Pacific and States of Change. We are honored to have shared the space with Kelly Ann McKercher, who also reminds us that collaboration is about weaving a patchwork of ideas, perspectives and experiences.

Things discussed included:

  • the ‘boring revolution’ and its role in system transition
  • the role of small circles in transition to the new system
  • the role of radical collaborations in transitioning to the new system

Birth registration is so critical to eradicating extreme poverty that is considered a key success indicator for the sixteenth sustainable development goal on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies and providing access to justice for all. But globally, one in every four, or 166 million children under the age of five are unregistered, according to UNICEF. This is a “scandal of invisibility” which is also present in the Philippines, where anywhere from 5 to 7.5 million Filipinos, of whom 40 percent are children, do not have birth certificates, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority and the Child Rights Network.

We review…


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