Solita Collas-Monsod

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

  • Development Economics, Poverty and Income

Teaching, Research, and Other Positions (partial list)

  • Professor Emeritus, UP School of Economics
  • Minister (later Secretary) of Socio-Economic Planning, Government of the Republic of the Philippines, 1986-1989
  • Director-General, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Government of the Republic of the Philippines, 1986-1989.  Through its central and regional offices and inter-agency committees, NEDA coordinates the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development plans, policies, programmes and projects.
  • Member, Advisory Committee, United Nations Development Programs Global Cooperation Framework (GCF) 2003 –
  • Member, UN Committee for Development Planning (UNCDP), 1987 – 2000.  The Committee is a high-level advisory group to the UN-ECOSOC, composed of 24 experts serving  in their personal capacity.
  • Member, Board of Trustees, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Washington, January 1996-2002.
  • Member, Board of Advisors, South Centre, Geneva, Switzerland, 1991-1995.  The South Centre was established to follow-up the recommendations of the South Commission, organized in 1987 at the initiative of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia and chaired by Mwalimu Julius Nyerere of Tanzania.  The Commission issued a report in 1990 entitled “The Challenge of the South” which has since been translated in five languages.
  • Member, South Commission, 1987-1990
  • Member, Independent Advisory Committee for the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” (4Ps) July 2008 —-
  • Member,National Defense College of  the Philippines Strategic Studies Group (NDCP – SSG), January 2005 – December 2005
  • Chair, SEAMEO SEARCA Advisory  Board, January 2004 – June 2006
  • Member, Advisory Board, Human Development Report, various years.
  • Convenor and Chair, Human Development Network, Philippines, 1992-2002
  • Vice-Chairman, Department of Agriculture Senior Scientists Advisory Committee 2000-


  • “Philippines’ Progress Towards the Millenium Development Goals:  Geographical and Political Correlates of Subnational Outcomes” by Solita Collas-Monsod, Toby C. Monsod and Geoffrey M. Ducanes.  Journal of Human Development vol. 5, no. 1, March 2004. pp. 121-149.
  • Philippines: Case Study on Human Development Progress Towards the MDG at the Sub-National Level by Solita C. Monsod and Toby C. Monsod.  United Nationas Development Programme, Human Development Report Office, 2003.  Background Paper, Human Development Report 2003. 34 p.
  • “International and Intranational Comparisons of Philippine Poverty,” Causes of Poverty:  Myths, Facts and Policies, a Philippine Study.  Edited by Arsenio M. Balisacan and Shigeaki Fujisaki, Diliman, UP Press. 1999.
  • Philippine Poverty:  A Status Report –Asia Society, 1997.
  • Engendering Development, Quezon City: Rafael M. Salas Foundation, 1995.
  • “Debt or Development: Philippine Imperatives and the Conventional Strategy for Debt Management,” Perspectives of the Pacific Basin Economy: A Comparison of Asia and Latin America.  Edited by Takao Fukuchi and Mitsuhiro Kagami. Tokyo:  The  Asian Club Foundation and Institute of Developing Economies, 1990.
  • “Management of the Debt Crisis: A Debtor’s Viewpoint,”  Solving the Global Debt Crisis:  Strategies and Controversies by Key Stakeholders.  Edited by Christine A. Bogdanowics-Bindert. New York:  Harper & Row, 1989.
  • Fiscal Policy and the Philippine Economy:  SEANZA Central Banking Course,Nepal, 1985.
  • An Analysis of the Philippine Economic Crisis (Co-Author). Quezon City:  University of the Philippines, 1984.

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