A Multi-Faceted Approach to Improving Governance

In 2005, 2006 and 2009, respectively, CIPE launched public governance, corporate governance and anti-corruption initiatives in the Philippines. These were distinct yet complementary components of CIPE’s comprehensive strategy of making democracy deliver in the Philippines through an improved governance climate. Through CIPE’s public governance work, which saw the creation of a government reform methodology never before attempted in the country, dramatic improvements were realized both in governance outcomes and in sustainable reforms of governance processes. Through CIPE’s work on corporate governance, CIPE’s Corporate Governance Scorecard initiative both drove and documented steady improvements in corporate governance standards year over year in the Philippines – improvements that contributed to the ability of the Philippine marketplace to weather the global financial crisis of the late 2000s, as compared with the country’s struggles with the Asian crisis 10 years prior. In the area of anti-corruption, CIPE launched an innovative project to help small businesses combat bribery – an initiative that continues to this day.