Francisco 'Pancho' Lara Jr.



Shadow economies and conflict

This project aims to investigate the interaction between violent conflict and the informal, or 'shadow', economy in conflict-affected Mindanao, the second largest and southernmost island in the Philippines.

Shadow economies are an important feature of the regional economy, but have largely been overlooked in the analysis of the conflict in Mindanao. Those involved in the peace process need to consider strategies for minimising the conflict risks posed by these economies while maximising their development potential.

Posted on 23 September 2013

Supporting the peace process in the Philippines

This project aims to achieve an inclusive and lasting peace in the Philippines through a negotiated political settlement between the government and National Democratic Front (NDF).

The peace process between the government and NDF is the region's longest peace undertaking. The formal resumption of talks in 2011 was short-lived. The challenge now is to resume talks and broaden the 'peace constituency' to include businesses, the judiciary, the media and international development agencies, who can shape public opinion and ensure a successful and inclusive political settlement.

Posted on 23 September 2013