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AIM signs MOA with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas

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Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) Secretary Imelda Nicolas (left) and Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Dean Dr. Ricardo A. Lim (right) at the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the two institutions, facilitating a collaborative research on the impacts of international migration.

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement, allowing for collaborative research on fostering the development benefits of international migration in the Philippines, including an impact evaluation of an enhanced Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) for migrants.

The research project, entitled, “Harnessing the Development Benefits of International Migration: A Randomized Evaluation of Enhanced Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars for Migrants from the Philippines”, tracks 3,000 migrants and their families for two years to evaluate the effectiveness of an enhanced PDOS in increasing a migrant’s financial literacy, engagement in diaspora activities, and improvement of their welfare abroad.

The international research team consists of faculty members from AIM, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany, St. Gallen University in Switzerland, the University of Michigan in the US, and the World Bank. The project is funded by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie).

The agreement between the two institutions was signed by AIM Dean Dr. Ricardo Lim and CFO Secretary Imelda Nicolas, and was witnessed by AIM Professor Victoria Licuanan and CFO Executive Director Mary Grace Tirona. The event was also attended by Dr. Toman Omar Mahmoud of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and principal investigator of the project, as well as key staff members from the CFO.

This is the second partnership between AIM and CFO. The first project under the partnership produced a paper entitled, “The Drivers of Diaspora Donations for Development: Evidence from the Philippines,” which served to guide governments in directing donations to the poorest provinces and engaging overseas Filipinos to increase donations in times of emergencies.

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