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"Whatever happened in the past, let us be hopeful for peace": Darwisa Jamilon

Darwisa Jamilon, is a Tausug* from the island of Mindanao in The Philippines. She is a community organiser at the Bangsamoro Development Authority (BDA), which leads relief, rehabilitation and development projects in areas affected by the conflict between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Government of the Philippines.

A voice in peace for indigenous women: Helen Padua

Helen Padua is a volunteer at the Teduray Lambangian Women’s Organisation (TLWOI), a federation of 35 community-based women’s organisations of indigenous peoples in the province of Maguindanao in the Philippines. The organisation aims to support the inclusion of indigenous women in decision-making processes, community development projects, and justice and peace. 

 

Annual Report 2016

Jun 2017
Annual Report 2016 cover
Read this annual review of our work in 2016. Highlights include: reconciling community tensions in Ebola-affected areas of West Africa, working with youth to build peace in Kashmir and the release of our Accord publication on 'transforming broken relationships'.

The Newsmaker: Philippines Martial Law

The Government of the Philippines has declared martial law in the southern island of Mindanao, after clashes between the army and extremist groups.

The violence is focused in the city of Marawi, and erupted as the army searched for the leaders of a militant group with alleged links to Islamic State (IS). Most residents have now evacuated the city, which is home to around 200,000 people.

Women's meaningful participation in peace

Jan 2017
Women's meaningful participation in peace
It is widely acknowledged that women’s meaningful participation in peace processes is fundamental to ensuring a sustainable and transformative peace. However there is still much to be learned about how to move forward in practical terms. Each peace process offers an opportunity to innovate and contribute to the global knowledge on how to improve the quality of a peace process.

No war and no peace in Colombia and the Philippines

The peace processes of the Philippines and Colombia have both, in the past, been hailed as shining examples to the world of innovation and negotiation.

Women's Declaration of Commitment

Mar 2015
Some 100 women from different social, ethnic and religious backgrounds in the Bangsamoro (Philippines) participated in a forum and produced this Declaration to assert their commitment and advocate for women's meaningful participation in the peace process. This Women's Forum took place in Cotabato in March 2015.

Making peace with the past: transforming broken relationships

Aug 2016
Although the importance of reconciliation is increasingly acknowledged by policymakers and practitioners, it is often viewed belatedly and purely as a post-conflict concern. This third Accord Insight reflects on approaches and challenges to address the legacies of violent conflict and stresses the need for efforts to transform relationships between and amongst people and institutions.

Women's voices in the Bangsamoro

Jun 2016
Women's voices in the Bangsamoro cover

This book features the powerful personal narratives of women in the Bangsamoro, Philippines across generations, ethnic affiliations and social status. The insights into their struggles, featured in this book, show how women's responses to the conflict vary and how their roles have been shaped during and after the conflict.

Hope for peace – a commander's daughter

I hope the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro will be implemented otherwise history might repeat itself. Not all the children are like us who opted to finish our education. If the agreement will not be implemented, I fear that some children will also follow the path that their fathers took.

Capacities for peace: The Philippines

Mar 2016

The European Union funded Capacities for Peace project, implemented by Conciliation Resources, Saferworld and their partners, supported local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in conflict-affected contexts. In the Philippines, Conciliation Resources worked with partners to revive and influence the peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front Philippines (NDFP).

Philippines – the journey of a Moro Islamic peacebuilder

Datuan Magon is not your typical young person living in Mindanao, the Philippines.

The 33 year old is the Deputy Secretary General of UNYPAD (United Youth for Peace and Development), the largest Muslim youth organisation in the Philippines registered and accredited by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the government.

A strong believer in peaceful approaches to violence in his region, Datuan has worked in a number of roles to convey and spread that message over the last decade.

Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

Feb 2016
Final publication from the Capacities for Peace Project. Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

This report captures the main experiences and findings of the Capacities for Peace project. Implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld, the project worked with local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in 32 conflict-affected countries.

The peace process in Mindanao, the Philippines

Dec 2015

This report from NOREF and written by our Director of the Philippines programme, Kristian Herbolzheimer, analyses the key factors that allowed the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to reach a peace agreement in 2014.

Indigenous strength builds peace

Froilyn Mendoza is an indigenous community leader. Despite her young age, she has already helped to highlight the rights and struggles of indigenous people on a national and international scale in the framework of the peace process in southern Philippines.