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“Weaving” Peace for Mindanao

I just received something about the Mindanao Peaceweavers . In case you weren’t aware, there has been an ongoing and very deepseated conflict in the the Mindanao region of the Philippines–in fact, I just had a student write a research paper on this issue.   If you are interested in the background and consequences of this conflict, a good overview and analysis can be found here (note that this paper argues that while religion–Muslim vs. Christian–is an element in the conflict, the underlying causes are more related to resources and political autonomy) .

Anyway, as the  Peaceweavers site explains:

“Mindanao Peaceweavers is a convergence of peace advocates in Mindanao.  It currently represents the broadest network of peace constituency in the island cutting across NGOs, academe, religious, human rights groups, peoples organizations and grassroots communities advancing a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Mindanao.”

The objectives of this initiative are:

“1.  To develop and institutionalize the participation of civil society in the Mindanao peace process;
2. To provide mechanisms and processes for consensus-building, sharing of information and expertise and drawing unified actions among civil society groups on issues concerning peace and conflict in Mindanao;
3. To develop a critical mass of peace constituency that can engage and influence the actors in conflict;
4. To evolve a common agenda for peace.”

I think this is a pretty good generic agenda for peacebuilding, since it seems both realistic and comprehensive.  The first point is very important, since as many have argued, civil society is the foundation for a long term and peaceful democracy.

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February 3, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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