This compendium presents the concrete results of the journey of 18 Research Fellows of the Graduate School of Public and Development Management (GSPDM) of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP). It is ironic that as the Graduate School’s 18 Research Fellows went into the thick of research action in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic also raged, which became an unexpected crisis event literally hanging on their heads. The health challenge made them real problem-solvers and solution-searchers.
The 15 research papers, true to the frame of the research – which is on SDGs and Futures Thinking – focused on how their respective topics mattered to the achievement of the SDGs. Incidentally, most papers chose SDGs 11, 12, 13, 16. Others touched upon SDGs 3, 4, 8, and 17. Some focused on one or two SDGs together, these being closely related to each other. Not all SDGs were represented in this initial batch of researchers, a gap which the DAP Graduate School aims to close in the near future, or in the next batch of researchers.
The papers are rich in the use of some of the more advanced Futures Thinking methodologies to be able to analyze and come up with their findings and recommendations for SDGs achievement. They are also rich in concepts, solutions, and well-meaning policy options which may be brought up to the highest corridors of Philippine policymaking for the benefit of all the Filipinos and the Filipino nation.
The DAP Graduate School beams with pride as it looks as its new knowledge product – the Compendium of Researches on SDGs and Futures Thinking – ready to be shared with and disseminated to its knowledge co-creators as well as network partners. The research endeavor represents an initial investment of the DAP Graduate School while it rides on the ‘hiraya’ hope that more productivity is coming in new knowledge and new partnerships in the future.