Towards policy-relevant science and scientifically informed policy in the Philippines

Research reports and studies
June 2013
Arnaldo Pellini, Antonio Contreras, Melvin Jabar, Ma. Teresa de Guzman, Marlon Era, Dennis Erasga and Robert Javier Jr.

The Philippines is the third most disaster-prone country in the world: so how is the government using knowledge and evidence to ensure that the country has the best possible policy and practice to reduce the effect of natural disasters on people's lives.

This knowledge context study applies political economy analysis and the knowledge, policy and power framework (KPP) to find that there is low uptake of research and analysis to inform local decision-making on disaster risk management.

The report reviews disaster and urban resilience policies, civil societies groups, institutions and external agency programming in the Philippines. While it finds that there is a high level of social capital prevailing on disaster and environmental policies, there is a weak link between scientific knowledge and the policy process.