In the Philippines we help to lay the foundations for locally-owned, inclusive and sustainable peace and development.

We work with businesses, indigenous peoples and governments to help communities shape and benefit from economic development. We have pioneered a conflict incident monitoring system to understand the causes and costs of conflict. We research the impact that ‘shadow’ economies, like the trafficking of drugs, guns and people, have on conflict and development. We also support the peace negotiations between the government and rebel forces.

Our work is important because ethnic, political and economic violence continue to threaten and destabilise peace in the Philippines.

We have been working in the Philippines since 1988.


Call for applications for the Mindanao Young Leaders Programme 2020

UnionAID (link), International Alert, and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (link) invite applications for the 2020 Mindanao Young Leaders Programme. Emerging community leaders, aged between 23 and 30, from all regions of Mindanao are invited to apply for this four-month leadership programme, commencing in Wellington, New Zealand in August 2020.

Marawi watchdog says Marawi rehab worse than expected

A local experts monitoring and dialogue group has called the rebuilding and rehabilitation of Marawi City in southern Philippines a total mess and worse than they expected.