AECID Filipinas

Supporting access to basic services and building institutional capacity in conflict-affected communities of Mindanao

Managing entity:




Executing entity:


– CFSI – Community and Family Services International




  • January 2018-August 2019.


Areas of intervention: Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte (Mindanao)



AECID Contribution:


  • 2017 Grant: 1.000.000 Euros

Conflict-affected communities in Mindanao are among the poorest in the country, where violent conflicts and fragile institutions continue to pose critical challenges to peace and development. Two of the country’s poorest regions, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and CARAGA, are also among the most affected by conflicts. Poverty in CARAGA is almost twice the national average, and in ARMM, at 53.7 percent, is more than two and a half times that of the country itself.


This project is part of the Mindanao Trust Fund program, a trust fund established in 2006 and administered by the World Bank with the contribution of various donors (EU, Canada, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and United States), with the objective of improving the socioeconomic living conditions of the most disadvantaged communities within the framework of the Bangsamoro peace process.


Based on the experience gathered from its initial phase in 2006-2017, whose accomplishment translates to 650.000 individuals benefiting from water, highways, post-harvest facilities and Access to agricultural and fishing equipment,a second phase — the Mindanao Trust Fund for Reconstruction and Development Phase II (MTF-RDP-2) — has been initiated, of which this project is complementary.


The Project is centered on six MILF camps, explicitly identified in the Annex on the CAC Normalization as a measure to boost trust. Such measures seek to prevent hostilities, reduce tension and generate mutual trust among the different parties, while simultaneously promoting the improvement of socioeconomic conditions of the community.


Through the methodology of community-led participation social cohesion is promoted and reinforced, at the same time guaranteeing full participation in decisions concerning its development.


The principal components are i) development of community sub-projects (bridges, water systems, Access to highways, etc) in communities within the six MILF camps. ii) training in the areas of planning, monitoring, evaluation, maintenance, of intermediary beneficiaries (TFCT -Task Force for Camp Transformation-, BDA, Bangsamoro Development Agency-; People Organizations -POs-).

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