Local Capacity Building and the Current Crisis in Mindanao

Issue & Policy Briefs September 27, 2013, No. 132

Violence continues to mar the ongoing peace process in Mindanao in the southern Philippines, with two groups seeking to derail the advancement of talks and the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement of October 2012 between Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. However, in spite of the current crisis, prospects for peace would appear more promising than they have in a decade. Key to the peace process are ongoing efforts at local capacity building, an area in which the international community should further bolster its efforts.

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