Community Policing is a new approach to policing in the Philippines, introduced by the British Council to Bangsamoro. It gives community members a role in their local peace and order. Police are more active and visible in the communities, communication lines between the police and the local communities are stronger, and positive relationships have developed where previously people were wary of the police.
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“I came to the summit because I wanted to help put the Philippines and the voices of people with disabilities into the global arena, especially from a social enterprise perspective,” Ryan Gersava tells us. Ryan became a social entrepreneur after being unable to work, due to a disabling medical condition.
Mango is a major crop in the Philippines but the industry faces waste management issues, producing about half a million metric tons of mango waste each year. Thanks to Green Enviro Systems (GEMS) which is monitored by wireless sensor networks, waste is now being safely turned into high-value products.
The Creative Hub Exchange brought creative hub managers from the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam to the UK for a week, where they visited UK creative hubs. They had a busy programme of events designed to facilitate collaboration and idea sharing, and to expose them to different business models and ways of running creative hubs.
Inspired by the successes of Coffee for Peace and the Al Jamelah Organisation, Strengthening Civil Society Participation in Social Enterprise Education and Development (CSO-SEED) uses social enterprise as a pathway for job creation and small and medium enterprise (SME) development, and to address longstanding social issues.
Studying abroad benefits students in many ways, with academic development being only one small part. Students return with enriched intercultural competencies as seen through students’ contributions to the panel discussions at the First ASEAN Student Mobility Forum.
For the first time in 40 years, former enemies are working side by side to create lasting peace in a region of the Philippines ravaged by conflict. Former rebel leader Renie Kabagel, now an active member of the project, has learned to communicate with his community for the first time without using a gun.
Ensuring a lasting economic and social outcomes for local beneficiaries in the Philippines Local communities could not leverage traditional corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes over the long term. There existed dependency mind-set caused by donations as opposed to one that is self-sustaining. This programme changed this self-sustaining mindset to ensure sustainable outcomes for local communities.
Since 2011 teachers from across Asia have been sharing tips, learning about the latest research and asking questions on the 'Teaching English Asia' Facebook page. The number of teachers who 'like' the page has grown from just over 300 in August 2011 to over 237,000 in June 2018.
The British Council is a key partner in Asia-Pacific Declaration on Social Enterprise and Impact Investment, which aims to promote the growth of social enterprise and impact investment across the Asia-Pacific region.
If social enterprises choose the wrong structure at the start they may run into serious issues, but thanks to an authoritative new guide, covering 8 ASEAN countries, they can better understand their legal, regulatory and tax obligations and select a business structure that will support their mission and growth plans.
A vibrant, colourful mural, designed by artist, Ralph Eya and children from the orphanage, Hospicio de San Jose, in Manila, now decorates a pumping station across the Pasig river from the orphanage. It is one of nine murals designed by local and international artists, as part of a project to regenerate the Pasig river.
Skills for Social Entrepreneurs (SfSE) is a global programme operated by the British Council and its partners. It supports organisations known as social enterprises which employ business approaches to meet social and environmental needs and make a positive impact in their communities.