Programs and Activities
AKI Research Grants
Monitoring the Philippine Economy
AKI Lecture Series
AKI Support Grants
DLSU-AKI Policy Brief
DLSU-AKI Working Paper Series
Young Economists Convention
AKI Data Bank
Community-Based Monitoring System Network Project (CBMS)
Since its establishment in 1999, the Institute has undertaken research projects in the areas of: (1) industrial restructuring and development in the Philippines; (2) global and regional production networks; (3) agricultural marketing and trade; (4) investments in agricultural research and development; (5) family business issues; (6) cost analysis in higher education institutions; (7) managing risks and opportunities of financial liberalization and integration; (8) corporate governance and banking; (9) labor market mismatch; (10) entrepreneurship; (11) international migration and remittances; (12) poverty alleviation; (13) labor market signaling; (14) career guides; (15) development of the capital market in ASEAN; (16) human resource development; and (17) environmental studies.
One of the major programs of the Institute is the AKI Research Grants. Every year, the Institute provides grants for research projects of DLSU faculty members that are aligned with the research thrusts identified by the Institute and the School of Economics.
It has hosted numerous seminars and roundtable discussions involving lawmakers, government officials, businessmen, labor leaders, academics, and representatives of civil society. In addition, research papers funded by AKI Research Grants are presented in a public forum, AKI Lecture Series, held monthly within the academic year.
The Institute provides a quarterly summary of various economic indicators as reported by government agencies such as the Philippine Statistical Authority, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, National Economic Development Authority, and others. The quarterly summary entitled Monitoring the Philippine Economy is available on the Institute’s website. The integrated annual report is published under the DLSU-AKI Policy Brief.
All research reports funded by the AKI Research Grants and the papers written by the AKI researchers are disseminated through the DLSU-AKI Working Paper Series. They are available on the Institute’s website.
The policy recommendations of all researches funded by the AKI Research Grants are published under the DLSU-AKI Policy Brief. In addition, the Institute has published a number books and monographs on various research topics conducted by its researchers over the years.
The Institute supports the research-related activities of the School of Economics (SOE) faculty through the AKI Research Fund. This includes financial support for paper presentations in international conferences, publications, and other capacity-building activities of SOE.
The Institute also supports the annual Young Economists Convention (YEC), in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, as one of its activities that is dedicated in enriching to the economics education of the youth. YEC instills awareness of prevalent economic issues and initiates vital critical thinking among its participants.
The AKI Data Bank continues to collect and update existing datasets, 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 Industry (ASPBI), Functional Literacy, Education, and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) and others. These datasets are available to the faculty and students of the University, particularly the Ramon V. Del Rosario – College of Business and the School of Economics.
Foremost among the DLSU- AKI program initiatives on poverty alleviation and improving local governance is the development and implementation of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS). CBMS seeks to address the existing data gaps at the local level for: (1) diagnosing the extent of poverty; (2) determining the causes of poverty; (3) formulating appropriate policies and programs; (4) identifying eligible beneficiaries; and (5) 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 to 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, designing of poverty programs, and impact assessment on poverty given the recent crisis on food and fuel.
Since 2001, DLSU-AKI 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 growth, 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.