Institute of Development Policy


Southern partner: De La Salle University

In the Philippines, IOB collaborates with the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) – a research arm of the Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies at De La Salle University (DLSU). It provides technical assistance to local government units (LGUs) and other organizations on data collection and processing of poverty and MDG-related targets. It is part of the wider Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) network worldwide. The IOB and CBMS-Philippines partnership began as early as 2011 when the IOB planned to use the CBMS tool in its research in the VLIR-IUC project in Ecuador.

Goals of the collaboration

This ongoing global initiative aims to advance the existing partnerships by promoting South-South and North-South research and teaching collaborations. Ideally, this collaboration will lead to joint curriculum development and in the long run, a joint master programme.


Dissertation mobility. IOB students who are interested in pursuing a dissertation in a topic identified by CBMS-Philippines will be eligible for a travel grant to the Philippines. The student, together with an IOB supervisor, will be twinned with a CBMS researcher to complement research expertise and eventually produce a joint publication.
Guest lectures. IOB wants to increase the presence of lecturers from southern universities to ensure that southern perspectives are properly integrated in its courses. CBMS’ track record in research at the local level offers interesting insights to IOB students. IOB will invite guest lecturers from the Philippines who will discuss topics related to courses offered in IOB.
Alumni seminars. IOB will continue to build its network in the Philippines by organizing alumni seminars which will involve not only the alumni but also development practitioners and researchers from other universities and institutes.