DALUHAY is jumping into the future with plans to establish the position of Executive Director; to be filled by Dr Marivic Pajaro, formally effective in March 2017. To strengthen the activities and functions of the Board of Directors (BOD), the goal is to create a position that is clearly responsible for the day-to-day functions of the Philippine system and good governance. Parallel to these efforts to solidify and streamline the organisation’s administrative functions, the BOD will be expanded and given more of a focus on strategic path development. Areas of new Board member focus will include Mother and Child wellness, Law in Development, integration of agricultural programs within the ridge to reef Biodiversity Conservation strategies, and supporting Indigenous Peoples in sustainable development. The planning for this change in Board function was initiated at the 2016 BOD annual meeting and has been given to the President, Dr Paul Watts to accomplish through BOD member recruitment, policy development and a working paper on both Board functions and the relationship of the BOD to staff. Somewhat uniquely, the approach involves several levels of strategic planning and a system of quarterly engagement/coordination between the BOD and staff.
Looking back at 2016, the year saw DALUHAY move to a higher level in terms of local partnerships, as we initiated formal capacity development with a large cadre of Peoples’ Organisations (POs). These activities have previously been an underpinning of our efforts on community resilience, environmental sustainability, food security, economic development and disaster risk mitigation. The change that occurred in 2016, is that DALUHAY moved to help establish more of a sense of program for our partners, rather than just a progression of externally driven projects. Although participation has always been part of the DALUHAY approach, now the goal is to support more strongly, the idea of communities working towards both creating and actualizing their own image of the future for their development process. DALUHAY perceives development process as something that needs to engage POs, academe, local government and non-government organisations (NGOs) in a collaborative participatory strategy. In our NGO role, we need to communicate with jurisdictions about good governance strategies, reach out to coordinate with other NGOs, establish academic credibility and, develop local PO relationships. One important way to engage academe is through publications in peer review journals. Below is a list of our recent publications. Note that three of these papers are actually based in the Canadian Arctic and a connected drainage basin. Although DALUHAY is only structured financially through the Philippines, Paul Watts and others continue to develop parallel initiatives internationally – focused on Our Common Future – globally. Interestingly, the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic and the cultures of the Philippines have a similar level of dependence upon marine resources. Perhaps linkages can help to develop a stronger voice for climate change mitigation and even transferability of best practices.