MANILA, Philippines - Social Welfare Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman received an award for leadership in social accountability from the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA).
Soliman and six other leaders from government, civil society and the private sector were recognized by the World Bank for "promoting social accountability as a means to eradicate poverty and promote inclusive growth" in their countries.
Soliman received the award for the East Asia Pacific region, in a ceremony held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C.
The lifetime award was given to Oded Grajew Oded Grajew, founder and general coordinator of civil society organization Rede Nossa Sao Paulo.
Aside from Soliman, other winners are:
Ibrahim Tanko Amidu – Programme Manager, STAR-Ghana (civil society organization) – Ghana, Africa Region;
Gonzalo Hernandez Licona – Executive Secretary of CONEVAL (government) – Mexico, Latin America & Caribbean Region;
Iftekhar Zaman – Executive Director, Transparency International Bangladesh (civil society organization) – Bangladesh, South Asia Region;
Aicha Ech-Chenna – Founder, Solidarite Féminine (civil society organization) – Morocco, Middle East & North Africa Region; and
Maia Sandu – Minister, Ministry of Education (government) – Moldova, Europe & Central Asia Region.
Hosted by the World Bank, the GPSA is a global partnership that brings together organizations that promote transparency, responsive government, citizen participation in policy decision-making and implementation.
World Bank Country Director Motoo Konishi praised Soliman, saying she "walks the talk."
"She translates the practice of social accountability and transparency into concrete strategic activities, which she implements with great commitment and passion... Amid dissenting voices and criticisms, she opens the door for collaboration, participation and dialogue, inviting people to voice and discuss their concerns," Konishi said.
The World Bank cited the Philippine government's conditional cash transfer program “Pantawid Pamilya” as one of Soliman's accomplishments.
The CCT program covers more than 4 million households, benefiting at least 11 million children 0-18 who are able to stay in school and have regular health checks.