Occasional Paper


KAISAHAN’s occasional paper is a research output or reflection on agrarian reform and local governance authored by the academe and social development practitioners involved in KAISAHAN’s work.

The Road to Democratization

Partnerships, Planning and Participation in Surallah
Nina T. Iszatt
September 2002

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This paper describes Surallah of South Cotabato in involving the community in the development planning. It is divided into four sections, the first is introduction to Surallah and how and why the LGU-NGO partnership was formed. Section two describes the BDP-PRA and the barangay administration day, section three looks at the impact of BDP-PRA on the municipality of Surallah. The concluding part summarizes the benefits and limitations of Barangay Development Planning through Participatory Resource Appraisal given to the context of the LGU-NGO partnership.

Defending Agrarian Reform Against All Odds

Tomasito S. Villarin
October 2000 (b)

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This paper gives information on DAR Secretary Horacio Morales administration that consists of failure in land redistribution; assigning un-experienced and unqualified advisers, lack of a consistent redistributive land reform strategy and creating unpopular policies among farmers and landowners.

Democratic Participation in Governance

in multiple lanes of engagement between the state, social movements and civil society
Tomasito S. Villarin
October 2002 (a)

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This paper attempts to add more debate on decentralization by providing insights from collective experiences of stakeholders and farmers on linking participation and democratic governance. It provides theoretical framework for weaving the multiple lanes and linking up participation in political decentralization.