Social Watch's Pathway to Change
Social Watch Philippines:
Monitoring and Asserting Social Development
for Peoples' Right and Empowerment
OUR MISSION: Drive both citizens groups and governments to consolidate actions towards helping marginalized and vulnerable sectors be the leaders in reclaiming the people’s purse. By making financing for development central in every person’s heart, soul and mind, both state and non-state actors become guardians of each other’s commitments, rights and responsibilities. Every experience at all levels shall fuel learning and capacity to use public finance as a tool to ensure that no nation remains hungry; no community is left behind; and that every person’s basic rights are fully delivered.
Mainstreaming the MDGs and Post 2015 Development Framework. Social Watch regularly monitors progress and shortfall in social development based on the government’s commitment to various international conferences and agreements as consolidated in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It evaluates policies, recommends programs and engages government agencies, international financial institutions and the UN System to address key poverty issues and human development concerns including the development of a Post 2015 Agenda.
Alternative Budget Initiative. SWP builds capacities of marginalized sectors – indigenous people, Moro, urban poor, farmers, coconut farm workers, women, persons with disabilities, LGBT, fishers, senior citizens, etc. – to directly engage the national and local budget processes by formulating and lobbying for the adoption of alternative budget proposals; partnership with government agencies at all levels; and monitoring public expenditures.
Public Finance Institute. SWP initiated the creation of Public Finance Learning Portals and training courses for both state and non state actors towards making public finance a major concern of every citizen; not just of a very small group of experts.
Local and Global Monitoring Tools. SWP created the local monitoring system on the MDGs and the Citizens’ MDG Budget Monitoring Tools. It also contributes to the global monitoring initiative by developing appropriate tools in appraising country performances. It initiated the development of the Basic Capabilities Index or BCI (originally called Quality of Life Index) which has been adopted by Social Watch International as its main monitoring index in assessing key development performance of different countries. The Gender Equity Index is the variant of the BCI which measures gender- responsive accomplishments in social development.
Global Advocacy. SWP also produces an alternative report on the status of social development in the Philippines and faithfully provides this as input to the annual Global Social Watch Report. The global report, which is submitted to the United Nations Social Development Commission, is essentially a progress report on the accomplishments, or the lack of them, of different countries in the implementation of their social development commitments.