The European Union funded Capacities for Peace project, implemented by Conciliation Resources, Saferworld and their partners, supported local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in conflict-affected contexts. In the Philippines, Conciliation Resources worked with partners to revive and influence the peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front Philippines (NDFP).
The project focused on three areas affected by conflict: the Cordillera and Bicol regions of Luzon (Philippines’ largest island), and the Davao region of Mindanao (the second largest and southernmost major island). Conciliation Resources worked with Sulong CARHRIHL, a network of 59 member organisations that monitors the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law – the only substantive agreement reached between the two parties.
In response to jointly identified needs, the project activities strengthened the local organisations that comprise the network and improved their contributions to peacebuilding processes. It improved relationships between military and state authorities and local communities.
The activities formed part of Conciliation Resources’ ongoing programme of work with the negotiating teams from both parties and the Norwegian facilitators to encourage the resumption of talks.