Southeast Asia

We work with communities affected by violence in the Philippines to promote a peaceful transition away from conflict.

Decades of armed conflict across the Philippines and in the region of Mindanao in particular have left impoverished communities living with intense political tensions. A 2014 peace agreement in Mindanao has brought some respite, but implementation is slow and local clan conflicts persist.

    Women peacebuilders in the Philippines

    The Philippines has suffered two major armed conflicts in recent years – in Mindanao involving the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and a countrywide communist insurgency with the National Democratic Front. Although a peace agreement has now been signed with the MILF, there is still a long way to go before people feel secure in their communities. 

    When we don’t understand the value or importance of someone or something, it’s easy to dismiss it [or them].

    Norhanie Mamasabulod Taha
    The Philippines
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    Our work in action

    We are working with communities in Mindanao to support the implementation of the peace agreement by facilitating joint spaces for community and local governments to resolve conflicts and human security issues, including those arising from climate change, and to ensure the voices of women and indigenous people are listened to.
    Our partners in Southeast Asia writing on a whiteboard during a workshop

    Our partners in Southeast Asia

    Our programme partners are at the heart of what we do. These relationships, often developed over years and even decades, are crucial to making peace possible.