Partners and Networks

Development Partners

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a German non-profit, private educational foundation active in the Philippines to promote participatory democracy, social justice and international understanding.

In our cooperation with non-government organizations, labor groups, the academe and the government, we seek to contribute in strengthening an inclusive political system and a people-centered economic development.

FES has been a long time partner of the center in implementing the center’s organizational development and leadership formation program since 1993. Currently, FES helps in the urban governance work of the center( )

KIOS The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights . The overall objective of KIOS is to support specific human rights targeted projects, implemented by civil society organisation working with human rights issues in developing countries, in accordance with the existing international human rights instruments. KIOS supported the capacity building program of the Bantay Riles Network in 2006. (

Institute of Politics and Governance (IPG). IPG enters a partnership with the Center in implementing its project called “Bayanihan sa Kalunsuran: Shaping Good Urban Governance through Collective Action” in Quezon City. The activities will be carried out in collaboration with the Alliance of Progressive Labor-Women and Balikatan. The Phase 2 of the project is being implemented also in Caloocan City, Quezon City, Pasay City and City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. The project is being supported by UK based One World Action (OWA). ( )

Institute for Popular Democracy. The Institute for Popular Democracy is non-profit research and advocacy institute. It houses a multi-disciplinary team of activist scholars who have multi-level engagements with civil society groups, reform-minded government officials and government agencies. ( )

Bantay Riles Network. BRN is a network of community associations along the railways along the Northrail and Southrail areas. It covers associations from Bulacan, Caloocan, Manila, Muntinlupa, Makati, Taguig and Laguna. The network also puts up a chapter in the House of Representatives which is called Bantay Riles sa Kongreso, as an initiative of Rep. Mario Aguja of Akbayan who champions the cause of BRN inside the halls of congress. BRN is led by its Council of Leaders. CPE acts as secretariat to the network. BRN’s call is “Walang Baklasan kung walang sapat na panirahanan” or “No demolition without Adequate Housing.” BRN and CPE has been able to influence and reform the manner of eviction and relocation in Northrail and southrail areas.


Conceived in a conference held on 25 February 2007, 21st anniversary of Edsa People Power, the participants decided to sustain cooperation among the different leaders and organizations through a process of forming a network of urban poor associations. In the conference, the participants ratified a common agenda dubbed as “Agenda ng Maralita” or “Agenda of the Poor.” The agenda will serve as the initial basis of unity in the process of forming the new network. LUMABAN KA (To Fight) or  Lakas at Ugnayan ng mga Maralita Laban sa Kahirapan (Strength and Unity of the Poor Against Poverty) is an alliance that is being formed through the participation of more than 100 urban poor associations in Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Muntinlupa, Malabon, Valenzuela, Las Pinas, Makati, Antipolo, Bulacan, Laguna and Cavite. LUMABAN KA is being formed to advance the urban poor’s struggle for their right to land and housing, right to adequate basic services and employment, and participation in politics and governance.

Local Government Units

Quezon City. CPE assisted in developing the capacities of the staff of the City Planning and Development Office, Barangay Operations Center, Community Relations Office and barangay officials and leaders of community associations in formulating 5 years comprehensive barangay development plan and budget done through a participatory process. Around 98 participants have been trained in practicing Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) in 2005 and 2006.

Actual barangay development planning workshops were held in 4 pilot barangays wherein the results and outputs were packaged and developed by the center and the city government. The partnership culminated in a pledging session conducted in October 27, 2006 dubbed as “Bayanihan sa Kalunsuran: Participatory Development for Sustainable Barangays” wherein a total of 42 projects received pledges of support from various donors.

The city government is now planning to replicate the process to more barangays after the success of the pilot project.


Barangay Bayan Governance Consortium (BBGC) a.k.a BATMAN Consortium. A national consortium of progressive and reform-oriented NGOs and local government units that promotes participatory good governance. Its signature program– the participatory development planning and budgeting– has reached more than 2000 barangays since it started in late 1990’s. CPE sits as a member of the Program Management Committee of the consortium, specifically for its urban governance component.

Southeast Asian Committee on Advocacy (SEACA). The South East Asian Committee for Advocacy is a programme that focuses on advocacy capacity building of civil society organizations (CSOs) in South East Asia. The SEACA programme is an outcome of a series of consultation processes among CSOs in the South East Asian region and a meeting in Manila in September 1999 attended by representatives of national networks of NGOs and People’s Organizations from eight countries in the region, and Asian regional networks sponsored by the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR) and supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom.( )

Consortium on  Electoral Reforms (CER). CER is a coalition/ network of organizations, and individuals committed to the strengthening of Philippine democracy through electoral reforms and activities that would broaden people’s participation and representation in democratic governance and enhance free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections.  ( )

Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) is a national network of social movements that campaigns against illegitimate debt and privatization of essential services. It also campaigns for  pro-people budget. ( )

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