In the last few years, the Ateneo has moved to address in an institutional way what Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen has called the “poverty of capability.”
The Ateneo Professional Schools in Makati are truly at the "Crossroads of Church and World.” They engage key institutions of national life, particularly in the worlds of Law, Business, Health, Technology and Government. Through its Juris Doctor program and the Ateneo Human Rights Center, the Law School develops in its students a legal scholarship that engages key challenges of national life, with a particular concern for the poor and for children's rights. The Ateneo Graduate School of Business (AGSB) is a leader in developing innovative programs for adult working professionals, and is reaching out to other colleges of business through its faculty development programs. It is also a leader in programs for the management of health care, and has developed the Leaders for Health Program (LHP) together with the Department of Health (DOH) and Pfizer, to improve public health in fifty fourth and fifth-class municipalities in the country.
The Ateneo School of Government is at the forefront of Ateneo's efforts to contribute to better public governance. Its Masters in Public Management (MPM) and its executive programs address its principal mission of public leadership reform and capability building, with a special focus and concern for local government. As LGUs emerge as key points of integration for addressing development, the School of Government has also become a focal point for Ateneo's efforts to address poverty through basic education, public health, and community and house-building with Gawad Kalinga.