The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) partnered with the Silliman University and Central Philippine University in an online course on “Localizing Poverty Reduction Target” with the World Bank Group through the Knowledge for Development Centers (KDCs).The said course is an initiative of KDC in which the three universities are all active members of, and done with the support of World Bank.The free online course runs from June 9 to July 1, 2015. Successful participants will receive a certificate of completion issued by the three universities at the end of the program. Participants came from the local government units (LGU), academe, and civil society (leaders and advocates).
Basically, the course draws on the experiences of LGUs and civil society on how they are localizing and achieving poverty reduction targets outlined in the national agenda. The course focuses on best practices, challenges and local initiatives driven towards improving the quality of life in three cities in the country, namely: Dumaguete, Iloilo, and Davao.The poverty reduction course encompasses six areas including employment, livelihood, food sustainability, healthcare, climate resiliency, and education.
On June 9, an orientation on poverty with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), House of Representatives, and World Bank was scheduled. The discussion on localizing poverty reduction targets in Dumaguete follows on June 15.
USeP is scheduled to host the online course on June 22, while the discussion in Iloilo City will follow on June 25. Reaction papers are required to be submitted after each session.
In general, the World Bank Group, through their KDCs, continued to pursue its goal in reducing poverty by tapping available resources and using technology to bring experts together and share their best practices to come up with a good solution.