Dulce Marie Saret
Dulce Marie Saret is a communications specialist at the Australian Agency for International Development, where she is introducing a program-based approach to aid delivery to maximize effectiveness. The approach uses communication as an important component of program design, implementation and monitoring by getting ownership right, and getting accountability right. It also involves a rights-based strategy and communicating for, not just about, results.
Prior to joining AusAID, Saret led the U.N. Millennium Campaign in the Philippines for four years. She led an award-winning campaign through her work with civil society organizations, youth, academe, the business sector, local authorities, parliamentarians and the media toward scaling up efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
Under her leadership, the Millennium Campaign was recognized for policy advocacy work that led to the filing of bills intended to promote transparency and accountability in budget planning and implementation for the MDGs. Chief among these are those calling for People’s Participation in the Budget Process and Freedom of Information. The campaign was recognized at the U.N. Stand Up 2009 Campaign in New York and the 2010 Philippine Quill Awards for Communication Management for the MDG+10 Campaign. A project that she conceptualized and oversaw earned the 2011 The Liberal Project Award given by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom for its innovativeness and impact on democratic processes and the giving of voices to the voiceless.
Prior to joining the United Nations in 2008, Saret was corporate communications manager at a commercial bank. She started her career as a journalist and investigative reporter on agriculture and environment issues, and was recognized for her exposes on coconut logging in Quezon, the rape of the Ifugao Rice Terraces and the error-riddled textbooks of the Department of Education.