Fostering Transformation in the BARMM with Forward Bangsamoro

September 14, 2023

Program Snapshot Post

Forward Bangsamoro, now in its fourth year, is a six-year project funded by the USAID and implemented by The Asia Foundation. The project’s mission is to enhance local governance in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) by strengthening the capacity of legislatures and key government institutions, supporting policy development… Read more


A Pathway to Entrepreneurship for Sulu Women

August 17, 2022

Blog Post

The creation of the BARMM has brought a new era of peace to Sulu, in Mindanao, but this Philippine region still suffers from economic disadvantages that fall especially hard on women.


A New Generation Takes the Driver’s Seat in Bangsamoro

April 27, 2022

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Attorney Abdel Jamal Disangcopan and his parliamentary staff are part of a new generation of young professionals building peace in the Bangsamoro.

Woman in headscarf laughing in front of street construction 

Podcast: A Woman Attorney General for the Bangsamoro

September 16, 2020

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She’s part of the new face of leadership in her long-troubled homeland of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Attorney General Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba sits down with InAsia to talk about the past, the future, and her vision for the Bangsamoro.


Philippines in 2016: Looking in a Glass Darkly

January 6, 2016

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After a period of relative stability (at least by Philippine standards), 2016 is extremely hard to assess. Turns out, as Yogi Berra famously said, “it’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” To begin with, the run-up to the May 2016 general elections is in full-swing…


Bangsamoro Law Deliberations: Déjà Vu All Over Again?

November 4, 2015

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The Philippine Congress resumed session this week, and is potentially in its last stretch in deliberating on legislation that would establish the new Bangsamoro Government. In a recent pronouncement, both houses of Congress declared a self-imposed deadline…


Philippines: Polling the Peace Process

September 9, 2015

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On August 13, the Philippine polling organization Social Weather Stations (SWS) observed its 30th anniversary with the publication of Filipino Public Opinion on the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the Mamasapano Incident. The report is based on the results of nationwide surveys in March and June, and a February survey in Mindanao, supported by The Asia Foundation.


Peace Council Endorses Bangsamoro Basic Law – with Some Tweaks

May 6, 2015

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It’s crunch time again for peacemaking in Mindanao. Both houses of the Philippine Congress are now considering the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the implementing legislation for the hard-won peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).


Minorities within the Minority: Indigenous Communities in the Bangsamoro

August 6, 2014

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In March this year, a major milestone passed in the 40-year effort to end hostilities in the Philippines between the national government and Muslim separatist fronts. The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a Comprehensive…


New Report Examines Political Parties in Bangsamoro

April 16, 2014

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After almost 30 years of fighting and multiple rounds of negotiations, peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the southern Philippines have led to agreements that include the establishment of a new parliamentary form of government for an autonomous region of Bangsamoro.  A new report from The Asia Foundation assesses the overa… Read more


Implementation of Bangsamoro Holds Lessons for Philippines as a Whole

March 26, 2014

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As we prepare for the long-awaited March 27 signing in Manila between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, one of the striking things of the peace process…