Since 2001, the Cotabato City-based Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) has been at the forefront of capacity building, research, forums, roundtable discussions and conferences on regional and local autonomy, good governance, and peace processes between the Philippine government and Moro revolutionary fronts--- Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). It has published numerous policy papers and journals on political, economic, and security issues that define the needed measures to be undertaken for meaningful self-governance in the southern Philippines.

As a homegrown public policy center with strong national and international linkages, IAG is able to help raise the bar of regional and local public policymaking to international standards even as it maintains sensitivity to the complexities and peculiarities of local settings earning the trust and respect of a broad range of stakeholders. It has convened and facilitated roundtable meetings involving diverse groups toward building consensus on political, economic and security issues. It maintains a pool of national and local consultants with specialization on a broad range of governance and security issues.

With its institutional partner Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), IAG has regularly provided capacity-building programs to the ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly and its constituent Local Government Units (LGUs). It has provided technical assistance in the crafting of regional laws in the ARMM. With funding from AusAid, IAG provided technical assistance in the establishment of the Iranun Development Council, an economic and development aggrupation of local government units in Maguindanao. With AusAID, IAG helped raised capacities of LGUs, military and police in peace-building and security sector reforms. With EU funding, IAG, KAS and Development Consultants, Inc. are currently implementing a 3-year program promoting the rights of the indigenous peoples in the ARMM.

IAG has provided technical assistance in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law particularly in the areas of transitory mechanisms and processes, decentralized and ministerial system of government, elections and political party systems. It has conducted consultations with LGUs in the proposed Bangsamoro core areas for submission to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). It was recently given the mandate to help develop the MILF political party by the MILF Interim Committee on the Development of the MILF Political Party.

Our Goals

To take a lead role in evolving meaningful policies to make autonomy in the Southern Philippines an effective instrument for peace and development.
To help strengthen governance in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
To expand and consolidate the network of organizations and leaders to promote autonomy and self-determination as a means of addressing the causes of conflict in the Southern Philippines.
To engage the Armed Forces of the Philippines in meaningful Security Sector Reform.

Our Objectives

To organize policy studies, forums, and conferences, and engage in research and publication on political, economic, security, and social issues in Southern Philippines to advance public policy for peace and development in the region.
To conduct activities for the development of the rule of law, democracy, and effective and accountable governance.
To engage in programs to promote and develop democratic and political institutions.
To partner with Local Government Unit (LGU) alliances in advancing development and self-determination.
To initiate programs and activities that support and sustain meaningful Security Sector Reform.

Our Thrust

To expand the negotiating table for the peace talks between 1) the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF) and 2) the Philippine Government and the National Democratic Front (GPH-NDF) to broaden stakeholders participation.
To continue involvement in the review of the implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA) between the GPH and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and help shape amendments to Republic Act 9054.
To continue engagement in the capacity-building of the ARMM government and enhance good governance.
To engage in policy studies, researches, forums, conferences and publications on political, economic, security and social issues in Southern Philippines in shaping public policy for peace and good governance.
To engage in programs and activities for the development of the rule of law, democracy and effective and accountable governance in the ARMM and the component LGUs.
To bring together individuals and institutions within and outside the country in promoting coordination and synergy in policy studies on self-determination, ancestral domain, and reconstruction.
To strengthen and consolidate the initial efforts in Security Sector Reform.

Core Principles of IAG Programs

The basic root of conflict in Mindanao is injustice and underdevelopment.
Mindanao conflict as essentially a political problem that requires a political solution.
Evolving an effective and viable vehicle for Moro and Indigenous Peoples self-determination as the core of this political solution.
Empowerment of all stakeholders to assert their rights in the context of the Philippine national political structure.