Mindanao’s shadow economies

Minimising risks, maximising peace dividends

Summary:

This policy brief argues that the informal economy needs to be seen as integral to all peacebuilding efforts in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, as it will shape the prospects for a genuine and lasting peace. Stakeholders in the peace process should mitigate the conflict risks posed by the informal economy, while at the same time harnessing it as a source of revenues and development that can bring peace to Mindanao. This is one of five policy briefs that look at the importance of shadow economies in achieving sustainable peace in Mindanao. Find out more here.