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.

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Indigenous Teduray residents of Barangay Itaw, South Upi, Maguindanao flee to safety on 3 January 2021 after armed men believed to be members of the BIFF burned down their homes allegedly to force them to leave their lands. Photo credit: Ferdinandh Cabrera

Enduring wars hamper Bangsamoro’s conflict-to-peace transition

An explosion of clan feuding and land related conflict in 2019 threatens to stall the momentum towards peace in the Bangsamoro region, finds the 2020 Conflict Alert report, a subnational conflict monitoring system focused on Mindanao in the Philippines.

Business, civil society, and local states collaborate for inclusive and conflict-sensitive energy production

To sustain development and prevent conflict, former foes have agreed to work together to build peace, and secure the communities they live in.