Pro-poor growth in the Philippines is driven by a growing budget for social assistance programs like conditional cash transfers.
Karin focuses on social protection, poverty and vulnerability, and education and skills development. In more than 12 years with ADB, she has designed and managed projects and engaged in policy dialogue with governments and development partners in Southeast Asia to improve access to social safety nets, early childhood development, technical and vocational education and training, rural basic services, and women’s economic empowerment.
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More than 4.4 million poor Filipino families receive regular cash grants from the government to help them make ends meet. But they aren’t getting money for nothing—there is a catch: families only get the cash if their children go to school and get regular health check-ups, and if the parents go to family development sessions every month.
I see dead people. No, I don’t mean ghosts like the ones a young Haley Joel Osment could see in the 1999 hit film The Sixth Sense. I mean actual dead bodies. I see them all the time, victims of the seemingly lawless and definitely dangerous free-for-all that is driving on Cambodia’s national roads.
Tep Roeung’s husband abandoned her and their 3 young children in 1999. She was just 21 years old. Uneducated and with few skills, Roeung farmed a small rice field in rural Siem Reap province to support her family.