PIDS named one of the world`s best think tanks anew

For the fourth consecutive year, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has been recognized as among the world`s top think tanks.

In the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Report and Policy Advice of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania, PIDS was included in the list of best think tanks in seven categories. More than 6,600 think tanks from 198 countries were assessed in this round.

PIDS remained the top social policy think tank in Southeast Asia and was ranked 37th among the top 100 in the world. Other think tanks from Southeast Asia that made it to this category (social policy) were Singapore`s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (41st) and Institute for Policy Studies (53rd) and Malaysia`s Center for Public Policy Studies (66th). In 2014, PIDS also ranked 37th among 50 nominated think tanks in this category.

PIDS also maintained its rankings as among the top international development think tanks (70th out of 128) and among the top education policy think tanks (33rd out of 65).

Moreover, the Institute has been included in four new categories: best think tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, best government-affiliated think tanks, and think tanks with the best external relations/public engagement program. The East Asian Development Network (EADN) Secretariat, which PIDS has been running since 2010, also made it to the list of best think tank networks. The EADN is a network of institutes and centers in developing countries of East Asia. It sponsors research and capacity-building activities for early career researchers.


Impact Evaluation Course: How to Design and Conduct Impact Evaluation
January 4-15, 2016

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) will conduct a training course on impact evaluation, from January 4 to 15, 2016. Venue is the PIDS' office at the 18th floor, Three Cyberpod Centris-North Tower, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

The course will introduce participants to the theory and application of impact evaluation as a key instrument for determining project/program effectiveness, informing policy development, and improving program designs. It will cover commonly used econometric and statistical methods to evaluate the impacts of social and other programs in developing countries. The course includes both randomized and nonrandomized methods.

The list of selected applicants has been released. Download the file here.

For inquiries, contact the course coordinators (csalazar@mail.pids.gov.ph and joseo@mail.pids.gov.ph).

PIDS welcomes its new President

The Board of Trustees and employees of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies welcome its new President, Dr. Gilberto M. Llanto.

Dr. Llanto takes over from Dr. Josef T. Yap, who served as president for two consecutive terms from 2005 to 2013. He will officially take his oath on July 4 at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Pasig City, with NEDA Director-General and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan administering the oath. The formal Turnover Ceremony will be held on July 11 during the PIDS General Assembly at the Romulo Hall, PIDS, Makati City

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GDN 14th Annual Global Development Conference


About 400 development practitioners and researchers from all over the world are expected to converge in Manila on 19-21 June 2013 to attend the 14th Annual Global Development Network (GDN) Conference themed "Inequality, Social Protection and Inclusive Growth". The conference is organized by the Global Development Network in partnership with the Asian Development Bank and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies. It will be held at the ADB Headquarters in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

Watch this video on youtube to know more about this conference.


PIDS names trade expert as new VP

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) recently appointed Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba as its new vice president. Dr. Aldaba has extensive research experience covering development issues on trade and industrial policy, regional integration, competition policy, small and medium enterprises, and foreign direct investment focusing not only on the Philippines but also on other Southeast Asian countries. She was highly instrumental in crafting the analytical framework for the Industry Roadmap Project of DTI-BOI which was launched in 2012. Using a multistakeholder approach, this landmark project aims to integrate sectoral roadmaps reflecting the manufacturing industry's visions, goals, and targets, to serve as guide for the formulation of a Comprehensive National Industrial Strategy which will link manufacturing to the other sectors of the economy such as agriculture, fishing, forestry, mining, construction, and services.

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PIDS joins in the observance of World Competition Day

On the 5th of December 1980, the UN General Assembly ratified the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices (UN Set). Since then, every 5th of December is remembered and commemorated as World Competition Day. In relation to this, President Benigno S. Aquino III issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring every 05th of December, as National Competition Day. (http://www.gov.ph/2012/05/18/proclamation-no-384-s-2012/) .

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Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership


ERIA Research Institute Network

A Statement by the ERIA Research Institute Network Meeting at Phnom Penh, October 2012 Released on 22 November 2012

The Research Institute Network (RIN) of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) welcomes and supports the decision of the Leaders at the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh in November 2012 to launch negotiations to conclude a (RCEP).

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Tribute to Prof. Emmanuel Q. Yap

by Josef T. Yap
October 17, 2012

(This tribute to the late Prof. Emmanuel Q. Yap was delivered at the House of Representatives on the occasion of the launching of the Electronic Resource Base for Legislation (ERBL) which is a joint effort between PIDS and CPBRD. Professor Yap was the first head of the Congressional Economic Planning Office (CEPO) which was established in 1968 to service the technical needs of the Congress of the Philippines. The CEPO is a precursor of CPBRD.)

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Regional Economic Integration and Inclusive Growth: Engaging Nations, Embracing People


By Prof. Gary Hawke, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia.

In 2002, President Gloria Macapagal - Arroyo declared every September as Development Policy Research Month (DPRM). Since its proclamation, 10 DPRMs have covered a wide range of topics: responsive policymaking; affordable rice; services industries; local community; grassroots development; international migration; climate variability and change; poverty; education; and this year's Regional Economic Integration and Inclusive Growth: Engaging Nations, Embracing People. Regional economic integration grew from trade and the cooperative arrangements among firms it stimulated through cross-border investment and resultant technology transfers and knowledge spillovers.

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Regional Economic Integration and Inclusive Growth: Engaging Nations, Embracing People.

Regional Economic Integration and Inclusive Growth: Engaging Nations, Embracing People

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) is launching the 10th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) this September with the theme The DPRM is a month-long celebration highlighting the vast contribution of policy research to the socioeconomic advancement of the Philippines.