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Christian Aid in the Philippines

Our work

Our Philippines programme is grounded in Christian Aid’s new corporate strategy, Partnership for Change.

Building on its previous work around economic policies, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, mining and urban poverty, it aims to achieve justice and resilience for the poor in the country.

We and our partners work for change on the ground in urban and rural communities.

We draw upon these experiences to engage with policy- and decision-makers to challenge and change national and international policies, structures, systems and practices and promote resilience, good governance and accountability for the poor.

We want to see poor men and women better able to organise themselves, network at local, national and international levels, and take collective action to challenge and change the power imbalances that keep them poor.

Action for Economic Reforms (AER) is a national policy research and advocacy institution focusing on economic systems and policies that will lead to a fairer, more equal and sustainable society. With the support of Christian Aid, AER also works with the international Tax Justice Network to advocate for tax system reforms at an international level, and is a leading organisation in the South East Asia Tax Justice Partnership.

Urban Poor Associates (UPA) organises informal settlers in disaster-affected and high-risk cities and empowers them to attain safe, secure and acceptable settlements.

Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) is the country's biggest coalition of civil society organisations working for social development with six national and six regional member networks. CODE-NGO is increasing the capacity of its members to engage local disaster risk reduction and management councils and to respond to emergencies.

Christian Aid in the Philippines supports communities to play a more active role in the growing economy and get their fair shares from it, sustainably manage their resources and the risks of natural disasters, and have a say in the decisions that shape their lives.

We advocate for real changes in policies and practice that favour the poor and marginalised. This includes:

• disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation policies that address risks and enable communities to adapt to and cope with the impact of climate change.

• fiscal policies – particularly a progressive national tax regime and budget policies that bring social spending for the poor.

• industrial policies that rationalise fiscal incentives, create quality jobs and make development inclusive.

• mining policies that protect and sustain the livelihoods of the poor, reduce the risks of mining disasters and ensure a fair share for the state from mining operations.

• strategic direction policies such as the Sustainable Development Goals and Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction campaign.

• safe, secure and acceptable settlements for the urban poor and the disaster-affected.

Disaster risk reduction and climate change

Our strong disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) work saw us play an important role in the passing of the national Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.

We also worked on the Climate Change Act of 2009, developing the small islands DRR model and the Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management model, ensuring the links between national level policy and local realities.


Promoting urban resilience, we work with the strongest partners to advocate beyond shelter, land tenure and other physical assets and include resilient livelihoods and climate smart DRR.

Being at the forefront of resilience programming and macro policy, tax and economic justice advocacy, while continuing to be a reflective and learning programme, Christian Aid in the Philippines is eager to lead, support, share and learn with others beyond its borders.

Tax justice and mining

We are among the very few organisations in the Philippines supporting fiscal policy reform, especially on tax justice and pro-poor and participatory budgeting, and the reform of the highly destructive mining policy.

Our policy and advocacy work on tax justice, climate change, the extractive industries and the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals is linked with initiatives at regional level.

The ability to connect across local, national and international issues makes Christian Aid an effective broker between the government, the scientific community, economic and policy think tanks, advocacy groups and grassroots organisations in the Philippines.

Where we work and who we work with

Click on the map to see the reach of our programme in the Philippines and find out more about many of our partners.

Map showing partner projects in the Philippines

Philippines Typhoon Appeal: rebuilding lives and livelihoods

One of the strongest storms ever recorded hit the Philippines in November 2013.

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