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In South and Southeast Asia we work with local people to improve public security and access to justice, and advise on how businesses can operate in a conflict-sensitive way.

Building peace in Kyauk Phyu

This project aims to influence new forms of collaboration around the fledgling foreign investment and economic development in Kyauk Phyu, in Myanmar's Rakhine state. The project will develop the capacity of new institutions so they can monitor and steer economic development in a way that appeals to local needs as well as to foreign investors and the national government. Activities include courses in conflict-sensitive economic governance and visits to other countries that have promoted similar special economic zones (SEZs).

Monitoring the Bangsamoro conflict

This project aims to monitor violent conflict and crime in the core territories within the Bangsamoro, a proposed autonomous region within the Philippines, in order to inform and shape development approaches. It is hoped this process will lead to greater adoption of a widely accepted, robust and reliable conflict monitoring system currently in use. To sustain this initiative, we will also strengthen the capacities of partners in conflict monitoring.

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. In 2012 we produced a study that documented a number of these activities, including trade in illicit arms and drugs, kidnapping for ransom, informal land markets, illegal cross-border trade and traditional credit institutions. The study provides compelling evidence of the impact of these economies on the dynamics of violence, development and sub-national statebuilding in Mindanao.

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. We help to sustain communication between the National Democratic Front (NDF) and Philippines government, so as to prevent the deterioration of relations and the potential increase in armed conflict. We also advocate a joint peace platform that gives voice to the marginalised in Philippine society.

Ancestral lands

This project aims to ensure indigenous peoples help shape and benefit from economic opportunities and development in their communities. We support the inclusion of indigenous peoples in the economic governance of their ancestral lands and their participation in decisions that affect their lives. This includes developing partnerships between indigenous peoples, local governments and the private sector to encourage dialogue and inclusive approaches to development in ancestral lands.

'Diaspora Diaries'


In recent years, the prevailing image of the Sri Lankan diaspora in the media has been dominated by Tamil community activists’ human rights campaign, calling for investigations into the Sri Lankan Government’s actions in 2009 during the last phases of the 26 year war with the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).