|Program and Activities|
Community organizing creates empowered and sustainable communities. It is a social development approach that transforms apathetic and marginalized sectors of society into dynamic, participatory and politically responsive communities.
Over 30 years have passed since "CO," as community organizing is commonly known, began on the Tondo Foreshore. Although thousands of poor communities have been organized in rural, indigenous and urban barangays, poverty continues to dominate the daily lives of large numbers of the population. The democratization process has opened a political space where diverse voices can be heard. There are laws and policies that ensure participation in governance. However, the key decision-making processes that affect the lives of ordinary Filipinos are still dominated by a few powerful and influential families both locally and on the national scene.
It is in this context of power inequality that community organizing continues as the core of CO Multiversity’s activities.
transformation of CO-TRAIN into the CO Multiversity in 1998, signaled a
shift from a primarily training focus
one that also took a broader view of community organizing in the
context of civil society roles and genuine reform. A particular outcome
has been the desire to assess CO accomplishments honestly, given the new
challenges of the 21st century, starting with President Joseph
Estrada’s Pro-Poor Administration.
self-evaluation process involved extensive consultations with NGO and PO
partners throughout the country which in turn led to the formation of a
loose coalition of Community Organization Learning Centers (COLCs). The
process was further enhanced by a reflection workshop, February 16-18,2000
at which six generations of community organizers reflected on the gains
and challenges of CO work.
a result of the extensive COLC consultations, the CO Multiversity has
developed a three year
program framed in a
decade-long perspective that is conscious of the fast-paced changes
occurring in a globalizing world. A goal for the three year program is to
develop the capacity of the CO Multiversity to be an effective, efficient
and caring capability –building institution for community organizers in
people’s organizations and development NGOs and to be a force for
strengthening NGO/PO roles in civil society partners with government and
business in multi-stakeholder approaches to good governance .
programs were lined up for implementation under the first year grant
partnerships for basic and advanced CO training, customized consultancy,
CO learning centers, leadership formation through PO training, and
research and documentation