CBMS known as Community Based Monitoring System


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other resources:  http://www.pep-net.org/about-cbms

The Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Philippines is part of the CBMS Network supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada through its Globalization, Growth and Poverty (GGP) Initiative, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

Launched in 2002, the CBMS network generally aims to assist its members develop, refine and institutionalize community-based monitoring systems in developing countries, and to promote CBMS knowledge and initiatives internationally. Furthermore, the Network promotes evidence-based policymaking, program design and implementation while empowering local communities to participate in the process.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – I started with ten households at Balatas, Naga City.  This is now my second day of long hours of walking, identifying households to be interviewed, meeting new faces, and reconnecting with colleagues and former workmates or hometown neighbors.  It is actually fun.  Fun if you love walking even under the scorching heat of the sun since it is summertime.  The firsthand information coming from respondents come from the enumerators.

To further elaborate…

CBMS aims to design and pilot community-based systems for monitoring poverty in its multidimensional sense

CBMS provides

  • Local-level census of poverty indicators
  • Detailed measurement of many dimensions of poverty
  • Identification of households that are poor in each dimension
  • Systematic source of data

for local & national governments, NGOs, international institutions, etc.

  • to guide use of local budgets and target programs and beneficiaries
  • to lobby for new resources
  • to monitor impacts of crises and policies

CBMS data helps

  • promote evidence-based policymaking
  • program design, targeting & implementation
  • empower local communities to participate in the process

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