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The National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), in partnership with the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), hosted the “Policy Forum on Peace and Recovery: Evidence from Around the World” on 12 April 2018 at the NDCP Honor Hall, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

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The Policy Forum centered on the value of evidence-based assessment of policies, programs, and interventions in the context of promoting sustainable peace.
Speakers and participants discussed issues relating to the value of research, monitoring, and evaluation in informing policy decisions, enhancing government functions, and promoting targeted solutions to longstanding problems.
The forum featured foreign and local subject matter experts, namely: Mr Sebastian Chaskel of IPA, Mr Cillian Nolan of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Atty Camilo Miguel Montessa of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and Ms Romina Sta Clara of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
In his closing remarks, NDCP President RAdm Roberto Q Estioko AFP (Ret) PhD MNSA underscored the need for robust analysis of data and evidence in evaluating the impacts of projects, programs, and interventions in order to ensure that solutions actually bring about desired, context-specific outcomes.
Participants included representatives from the Department of National Defense (DND), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), civilian government agencies, non-government organizations, the diplomatic community and the academe.
In line with its mandate, the NDCP conducts policy fora in order to, among others, provide a platform of dialogue on security and governance issues, bringing together stakeholders from both the public and private sectors.