Blog

  • Empowering Development in the Philippines from the Ground Up

    A Peace Corps Response volunteer recalls the value of Kalahi-CIDSS, the community-driven development program under MCC's $434 million Philippines Compact. The program, he writes, has empowered Filipinos to be part of positive changes in their communities.

  • My Homecoming With Peace Corps Response Philippines

    Peace Corps Volunteer John Pabustan reflects on his year-long assignment in the Philippines, where he saw first hand the power of MCC-funded community-led development in a region devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Keeping Governments Accountable Through Strong Communities

    MCC champions community-led development, where program ownership and accountability are concentrated at the local level. Read the story of Elsie Lomong-oy, who says that when ordinary citizens make decisions for their communities, accountability is built in.

  • Re-imagining tomorrow, using images of today

    The power of photography from a Peace Corps Response volunteer in the Philippines illustrates the damage from Typhoon Haiyan -- and, with the help of MCC, how communities are rebuilding.

  • MCC paves the way after Typhoon Haiyan

    When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, MCC-funded work was already underway on a major road project on Samar Island. The project's positive impact on the region is more apparent now than ever thanks to careful planning and risk management.

  • Reflections from Tacloban

    In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, devastation gives way to hope as MCC and its partners share in a multinational effort to bring lasting improvements for the people of the Philippines.

  • Philippines on the rise

    When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines last November, the devastation was unimaginable. In a statement of solidarity, MCA-Philippines issued a simple call to action: "Rise Philippines." This is the story of the days and weeks following the typhoon.

  • Water: the essence of life and economic prosperity

    Photo: A boy rolls a barrel toward a water source in Lusaka. In partnership with MCC, the Zambian Government is working to reform the country’s water sector and improve drainage in the capital city of Lusaka to better meet citizens’ water and sanitation needs. These vital improvements aim to decrease the risk of water-borne disease, time spent collecting water, the cost of water, and business and household losses due to flooding.

    MCC kicks off World Water Day with a series of blogs on what MCC and it's partner countries are doing to improve delivery of clean water and sanitation services and secure these resources into the future.

  • A wounded nation will rise again

    Matt Bohn, MCC's Philippines Resident Country Director, provides a firsthand account of the true scale of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan but sees the resilience of the Filipino people.