Category Archives: ECONOMICS

Junefe Gilig Payot: Collaborating with Philippine Cities for affordable housing

Last month, I meticulously made Valentine’s Day plans but ended up scrapping them to go on a business trip to a city in the southern part of the Philippines, over 400 miles from the capital Manila – with my boss. Ah, the story of my life: official duty trumps personal happiness, again.

But I made the ‘sacrifice’ for a very good reason; we went to Dapitan City to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a partnership between the city government and our agency, the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC). The partnership is aimed at providing affordable housing to low-income families in the city.

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WATCH | Max Harris: A year of the New Zealand Project

It’s about a year since Sarah first interviewed Max for Impolitikal, right before his book The New Zealand Project came out. A lot’s happened since; here they discuss the critical response to the book, the surprising result of the 2017 NZ General Election, and the various other projects Max is working on right now.

Max is an author and academic from Aotearoa New Zealand, currently completing a PhD in Law at All Souls College in Oxford, UK. Purchase his book The New Zealand Project via Bridget Williams Books.

Sarah Illingworth is Editor at Impolitikal, and a Communications Manager with the Open University’s Learning and Teaching Innovation portfolio. She has an MSc in Poverty and Development from the University of Manchester. Read more by Sarah.