The Asia Foundation’s programs in the Philippines promote policy reform, citizen participation, and better governance to support economic growth, strengthen the rule of law, encourage reform in the security sector, build disaster resilience, and foster peace and development in Mindanao. Building on our wide network of partners, we are helping government, local nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to strengthen democratic institutions and create sustainable economic growth.

Ethnic and Religious Conflicts

The Philippine economy continues to surge, with investment-grade ratings, fast economic growth, and the good governance agenda of President Aquino. However, inclusivity of growth remains elusive, and political instability and conflict in Mindanao, in the Southern Philippines, continues to cloud these efforts. Our local staff utilizes a political economy framework involving networks and coalitions of willing partners to achieve reforms, improve community relations with security forces in conflict-afflicted areas, drive economic reform with concrete, measurable successes, and uphold human rights. For four years we were part of the International Contact Group for peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, or MILF.

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