On January 30 2018, Prof. Edmund Tayao was invited to a workshop organized by the Save the Children entitled “Implications of the Sociopolitical/Economic Context in Development, Humanitarian and Human Rights Work” held at their office in Makati City.
The situational analysis workshop is part of Save the Children’s intent to develop a three-year country strategic plan for 2019-2921 in implementing programs on humanitarian response, recovery and rehabilitation of children and communities affected by natural disaster and armed conflicts.
Prof. Tayao presented an analysis on the following issues
- The critical social, political and economic changes in the Philippines that will have implications on the work of NGOs on development, human rights and humanitarian response.
- The opportunities and constraints for NGO work given the social, political and economic situation in the Philippines.
- Recommendations to the Save the Children and other NGOs on how to engage and influence key stakeholders and empowering citizens.
Prof. Tayao also gave a brief lecture on the key achievements and failures of each administration after the restoration of democracy in 1986. The workshop also talked about the proposed political reforms, particularly the much-discussed shift to federalism.