BA Programs in Development Studies

There are at least four schools in the Philippines that grant undergraduate degree programs in Development Studies.

  1. The University of the Philippines, Manila (UPM) offers a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies degree, a four-year course that provides students with tools to analyze the Philippine social, economic, political and cultural situation, with a people-centered development perspective.
  2. AB in Development Studies is one of degree programs available in De La Salle University (DLSU). The program emphasizes learning “based on the experiences of developed and developing countries,” and among their courses is “Women and Politics,” which looks at the bridge between the development of feminism and current gender perspectives in politics and development as a whole.
  3. The Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU)  offers a Development Studies Program that focuses on “socio-economic theories, policy analysis and management tools” in training its students for working towards Philippine development.
  4. Development Studies minor in Gender Studies is one of the two tracks (the other being International Politics) under Miriam College (MC)’s BA in International Studies degree, which emphasizes the local, regional and international interactions of social development.
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Graduate Program in Women and Development at UP

The College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) in the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UPD) offers graduate programs in Women and Development Studies (WD), under the Department of Women and Development Studies (DWDS).

The WD program “aims to provide a historical and comprehensive perspective to the study of gender and development particularly in the context of the South and the Philippines” (About DWDS). The DWDS has Master of Arts (MAWD) and Diploma (Dip. in WD) course offerings open to fresh graduates, professionals, and practitioners in development work.

For the academic year 2014-2015, the deadline for applications is on June 15, 2014. Classes start on August 7, 2014. Program brochuresapplications forms, and contact information to the Student Records Office (SRO) are available on the CSWCD website.

Journals with Regular Calls for Papers

The journals listed below regularly accept content contributions.

  1. The Review of Women’s Studies by the UP CWS accepts research-based articles, reviews of scholarly works, and creative works written in either Filipino or English. The journal is published twice a year.
  2. The Asian Journal of Women’s Studies by the Asian Center for Women’s Studies in Ewha Woman’s University, calls for general contributions for its regular issues. It publishes four times a year.
  3. The Canadian Woman Studies, also a quarterly publication, accepts contributions in scholarly as well as popular forms.
  4. The International Journal for Gender Studies in Developing Societies accept contributions for their regular issues, which are published four times in a year. They also announce calls for papers for special issues.
  5. Societies Without Borders, which publishes its issues three times a year, also  accepts article submissions regularly.

Frontiers – Journal of Women’s Studies, Analize – Journal of Feminist and Gender Studies, the Gender and Development Journal also issue calls for general submissions.

Calls for Papers 2014

The following journals have posted calls for papers for their special issues.

  1. Frontiers, a Journal of Women’s Studies of the Ohio State University, has the following calls for their special issues aside from their regular call for general submissions:  Transnational Feminisms (due May 15, 2014); The ERA in the 21st Century (due October 1, 2014); and Women Digitizing Revolution: Race, Gender and the Technological Turn (due May 1, 2015).
  2. The Australian National University posts Call for Papers for publications, conferences, and other academic fora. Their latest post for a call for papers on Women and Sustainability is due May 31, 2014.
  3. The Southeast Asia Center of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies has a list of calls for papers for publications and conferences. Among them are on topics in feminism and women’s/gender studies. Two of these are a call for papers on Gender, Migration and Citizenship due June 15, 2014 and on Gender, Identity and Nation due June 1, 2014.
  4. Analize, a Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies is calling for submissions for their issue on Genders, Diversity and Urban Space, due September 20, 2014.
  5. The Gender and Development Journal has also announced its themes for 2015: Urban Development, Inequalities and Resilience to Climate Change. Calls for article proposals will be posted soon.

Development Work in GOs

Here are five government organizations that offer development work opportunities.

  1. The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC)
  2. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
  3. The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)
  4. The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)
  5. The Population Commission (POPCOM)
  6. The Local Economic Development (LED) project

Each of these organizations post general and particular requirements for the job openings they post, plus specific hiring and employment guidelines. Some of these work opportunities are directly related to women/gender and development.

Graduate and Post-Graduate Grants in the Philippines

Four grants programs available to Filipino students are found below.

  1. The Innovation for Inclusive Development (IID) Fellows Program is open to individuals from ASEAN member states who have experience in creating courses and modules on Inclusive Development. The deadline for submission of application is on May 30, 2014.
  2. The Institute for Philippine Culture Postdoctoral Scholarly Research Award calls for applications from recent holders of doctoral degree who intend to turn their dissertation (on a variety of topics including women and gender) to publication. The deadline for submission of application is June 30, 2014 and January 2015 for fellowships beginning October 2014 and May 2015, respectively.
  3. The Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals is open to residents of Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand. The deadline of submission of application is usually in August of the year before the intended academic year applied for. The program has project themes every year which become a basis in their selection of successful applicants.
  4. Scholarship grants for graduate and post-graduate students are also available under the Fulbright Commission’s Philippine-American Education Foundation (PAEF). Applications are accepted as early as in January the year before the academic year applied for.

Regular Calls for Applications

Collections of calls for applications are found in the following organizations/websites.

  1. The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) lists their funding opportunities for NGOs, individual researchers,  and graduate students. They accept applications for existing projects as well as project proposals.
  2. Grants for NGOs and individual development workers are also found in Funds for NGOs. Calls for papers, calls for project proposals, and calls for application to fellowship programs are only some of the opportunities found here.
  3. The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) posts calls for participation in various activities including ongoing projects, project proposals, conferences, and publications.
  4. The Australian National University (ANU) also posts calls for applications on their Gender Institute News. Also found here are calls for papers, job vacancies, and scholarship announcements both in the ANU and in other international organizations.

Blogs by Filipina Feminists

They’re not as easy to find through Google as international feminist blogs – here are some blogs by Filipina feminists, ranging from those focused on pop culture to laws and policies and from life as a mother to Philippine politics.

  1. Pleasure and Subversion by Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio
  2. Sampaguita Girl, a blog on “literature, feminism, and progressive politics” by Filipino-American M.T. Vallarta
  3. My Ecdysis, by Lisa Factora-Borchers
  4. Papers, Pursuits and Purrsuasions by Cindy Cruz-Cabrera
  5. Feminism for a Filipina, a blog by a “twentysomething student”
  6. New Filipina/Bagong Pinay by artist Perla Daly
  7. Writer Ana Santos‘ full blog
  8. Tanglad, a blog by a “Filipina feminist, runner, activist, cyclist, dog-lover mom”
  9. To be a Woman is to Live in a Time of War by poet Joi Barrios