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  • EDD participation year: 2019
  • Country: Philippines

Lourence is currently pursuing an MA in Political Economy with specialization in International Relations and Development from the University of Asia and the Pacific. He is working with The
American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines as a Research Assistant to The Arangkada Philippines Project - a major advocacy aimed at boosting investment and increasing employment in the country. Lourence is also a Community Development Mentor at MCW Global - New York where he guides a group of youth leaders in developing community projects across the globe. He previously worked with Edukasyon.ph, a social enterprise in education technology that connects Filipino students to educational opportunities. He is the founder and president of ASEAN Youth Philippines, a not-for-profit organization that engages Filipino youth in sustainable development and he has held leadership positions in the Department of Education Federation of Student Governments (President) and the Caniogan Library Initiative (Project Manager). Lourence would like to advance the idea that poverty alleviation through tailored social protection programs must always be supplemented by state-initiated labor market integration if a government aims to reduce income inequality.

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