Danilo Songco has over 15 years of experience in international development with a specialisation in community-driven development (CDD), livelihoods, labour markets and enterprise development, and social protection. Apart from providing technical assistance services for World Bank and ADB CDD programs in Philippines, Danilo has provided advisory services to a variety of institutions in livelihoods development. He worked with the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to introduce the concept of Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED). It became the reference for the Government Department to develop their sustainable livelihood program and their CDED pilot project. Currently, as President of PinoyME Foundation, he is involved in incubating rural enterprises to help them become commercially viable businesses. The Foundation has assisted more than 7,000 farmers in 11 Philippines provinces engaged in 9 different crops. Through extensive experience, he has developed expert knowledge of the workings of CDD as a program and how livelihoods of the poor can be made an integral part of CDD. This competency is furthered by his experience in enterprise development, business, finance, and social development.
Recently he provided Technical Assistance services to Government of Timor-Leste through DFAT to provide advice on how its CDD program, the Programa Nasional Dezenvolvimentu Suku (PNDS), can incorporate livelihood development as one of its components. He was engaged by DFAT as the RMI content expert on Livelihoods Development for the World Bank Asia Regional CDD Conference held in Colombo in April 2018.