Established in 1999 out of the complementary goals of its two founding institutions, De La Salle University and the Angelo King Foundation, the DLSU–Angelo King Institute merges its founding institutions’ drive for research excellence, policy relevance and overriding concern for poverty alleviation. Supported by a worldwide network of donors and partners, the Institute has established a niche in the area of research by integrating economic and business studies, and by combining macro and micro perspectives.
Since its establishment in 1999, the Institute has been undertaking research projects in the areas of (a) industrial restructuring and development in the Philippines, (b) global and regional production networks, (c) agricultural marketing and trade, (d) investments in agricultural research and development, (e) family business issues, (f) cost analysis in higher education institutions, (g) managing risks and opportunities of financial liberalization and integration, and (h) corporate governance and banking.
It has hosted several seminars and roundtable discussions involving lawmakers, government officials, businessmen, labor leaders, academics, and representatives of civil society. Also, research papers funded by the AKI Research Grants are presented in a public forum called AKI Lecture Series. The public lecture is held every other month within the academic year.
The Institute provides a quarterly summary of various economic indicators as reported by government agencies such as Philippine Statistical Authority, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, National Economic Development Authority and others. The four quarterly reports are then integrated into a year-end report published as an AKIEBS Policy Brief.
The Institute sponsors the annual Young Economists Convention, in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. It also conducts a variety of roundtable discussions and conferences, which are meant not only to disseminate the results of its various research projects, but also to engage key stakeholders that influence government policy.
Established in 2001, the Young Economists’ Convention is a product of the collective effort of the DLSU-Angelo King Institute and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, in cooperation with the Junior Philippine Economics Society (JPES) and the De La Salle University–Economics Organization (DLSU–EconOrg).
Steadfast to enrich the Economics education in the country, the YEC allows Economics students from all over the country to interact with one another and to associate with the wide range of professionals from the government, business, academe, and civil society. This project is created with the ultimate goal of endorsing awareness of prevalent economic issues and initiating vital critical thinking among the youth, which will enable them to put in practical usage what they have learned as they bring to fruition the idea of becoming the future leaders and policymakers of the Philippines.
The AKI Data Bank continues to collect and update existing dataset specifically the Labor Force Survey (LFS), Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES), Annual Poverty Indicator Survey (APIS), Survey of Overseas Filipinos, National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS), Household Energy Consumption Survey (HECS), Philippine Statistical Yearbook (PSY), Compendium of Philippine Environmental Statistics (CPES), Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Indsutry (ASPBI), Functional Literacy, Education, and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) and others. These datasets will be available to the faculty and students of the University, specifically for the Ramon V. Del Rosario – College of Business (RVR-COB) and the School of Economics (SOE).
Foremost among DLSU AKIEB’s program initiatives on poverty alleviation and improving local governance is the development and implementation of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS). The CBMS seeks to address the existing data gaps at the local level for diagnosing the extent of poverty, for determining the causes of poverty, for formulating appropriate policies and programs, for identifying eligible beneficiaries, and for assessing the impact of policies and programs.
The implementation of CBMS entails empowering local communities and development stakeholders on the use of data for identifying and prioritizing needs given available resources, designing appropriate interventions, targeting of program beneficiaries, and monitoring the impacts of programs and projects with reference to their respective development agenda. Data from CBMS is gathered through a census of all households in a particular locality. Census is conducted by trained enumerators from local communities. Data is processed by trained processors from the community using the customized software developed by the CBMS Network. Processed and validated data are then made available for use of local planners and development stakeholders. Aside from poverty diagnosis and monitoring, other current applications of CBMS are on local planning and budgeting, monitoring the achievement of the millennium development goals (MDGs), proxy-means testing, design of poverty programs and impact monitoring, and the impact assessment on poverty of the recent crisis on food and fuel.
Since 2001, the DLSU AKIEBS through its Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Network Project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)-Canada, has been providing support to developing countries for the development, application, and institutionalization of CBMS. Support is provided through its research grants program, development and conduct of training modules for CBMS local and international partners, conduct of thematic research studies using CBMS, and dissemination of research results through publications, conferences, and various advocacy/networking activities.
Moreover, aside from publishing various policy papers through its AKI Policy Brief which done by its researchers, the Institute also publishes AKI Book Project which features full-length articles about poverty, food, entrepreneurship and trade issues.
DLSU–Angelo King Institute
St. La Salle Hall,
2401 Taft Avenue
Angelo King International Center
Corner Arellano Avenue and Estrada Street
+63–2–5244611 loc. 287