Learning from successful program conceptualization and implementation and designing solutions to address current and emerging situations require a distinctive form of learning.

Years of dealing with problems affecting children and youth in the Philippines have yielded significant results on many fronts. Among these are community-based day care centers and feeding programs, alternative learning systems, child protection councils at the barangays and the partnerships of government and private agencies in the delivery of health services. The changing social environment, however, has also posed new challenges including teen pregnancies, children in conflict with the law, vaccination scare, urban homelessness that call for even more effective solutions.

The four-module course, Adapt+Innovate: Good Governance for Childrenis a capacity building initiative that draws from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) experience in the Philippines and the Galing Pook Foundation’s work with local government units through its national awards program. Collaborating in this program were the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) that initiated the development and audit of Child Friendly Local Governance indicators.

The four modules that make up the course are: Grounding and VisioningDeveloping Adaptive CapacitiesCreating Innovations; and Delivering Results, Creating Public Value.

The desired results for the participating LGUs are for them to have: (i) formed a local governance team that appreciates adaptive and innovative leadership learned from real-life models, (ii) set in motion a banner program for children and youth that is imbued with good governance principles and inspired by real-life practices, (iii) broadened its network of resource contacts for continuing improvement of their local programs.

The following are the documentations of Modules 1 to 4 of the Adapt+Innovate: Good Governance for Children:

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4