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IAG celebrates 18 years of shaping public policy for peace and good governance

Sep 19, 2023

From humble beginnings to a force for change, IAG has been a beacon of hope in Mindanao. On our 18th year, we are reminded that the work is far from over. New challenges and opportunities lie ahead, but with unity and determination, we can continue to build a future where autonomy, democracy, justice, and accountability thrive in southern Philippines.

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IAG conducts training for new generation of IP youth leaders

Jul 26, 2023

In a significant stride towards advancing Indigenous Peoples' rights and nurturing the next generation of leaders, IAG conducted two consecutive capacity building activities in July 2023. These activities, held in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Philippines Office, aimed to empower IP youth from the Bangsamoro region through immersive experiences and leadership training.

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Underrepresented sectors join basic orientation on Political Party Building in the Bangsamoro

Jul 21, 2023

Members of marginalized communities from all over the Bangsamoro attended a 3-day Basic Orientation on Political Party Building from July 11 to 13 held at Acacia Hotel in Davao City. The participants to the activity are all women representing the island provinces, youth sector, and Indigenous communities in the Bangsamoro.

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IAG to revive collaboration with Iranun municipalities in Bangsamoro

Jul 18, 2023

IAG is committed to renewing its partnership with the Iranun Development Council and providing essential technical assistance to further strengthen their collaborative efforts. By fostering meaningful engagements and leveraging expertise, both organizations aim to propel economic growth and improve the well-being of the IDC's constituents.

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Coalition advances social accountability and transparency in BARMM through collaborative efforts

Jun 30, 2023

IAG takes immense pride in sharing the resounding success of the recently concluded "Conference on Social Accountability and Transparency: Empowering Communities, Enhancing Governance, Social Accountability, and Transparency in the BARMM." Organized by the Coalition for Social Accountability and Transparency (CSAT) in partnership with IAG and with support from Australian Aid, this groundbreaking event brought together passionate individuals, advocates, experts, Members...

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IAG gears up for study empowering madaris in BARMM against violent extremism

May 17, 2023

The significance of this study cannot be overstated, as it aims to address the critical need to empower the madrasah system in light of the prevailing security challenges posed by violent extremism, both locally and globally. The research seeks to uncover the vulnerabilities and resilience of the madrasah system, shed light on the contextual factors influencing it in the Philippines...

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IAG extends support to validation of Mënubú Dulangan Indigenous Political Structure

May 16, 2023

The objective of the validation process was to present the documented political structure of the Mënubú Dulangan to the community members, elders, and tribal leaders for acceptance and approval. The IPS, also known as the Mënubú Dulangan Muno Kewit Katab, is founded upon the traditional governance systems, customs, and practices that have been passed down through generations. It encompasses various...

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Bangsamoro Women Leaders Come Together for Writeshop on Peace, Human Rights, and Governance

May 12, 2023

45 Bangsamoro women leaders from across the BARMM came together last May 5-6, 2023, in Opol, Misamis Oriental for a two-day writeshop on "Making HerStories Count: Bangsamoro Women on Peace, Human Rights, and Governance." The event was held in partnership with the Philippine Muslim Women Council and was made possible through the support of the Australian Embassy.

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THINK PIECES

Towards Regional Autonomy: Lessons and Recommendations for the Establishment of the Cordillera Autonomous Region

IAG Philippines I Mar 04, 2023

This roundtable discussion is part of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and IAG's efforts to promote regional autonomy and good governance in the Philippines. It brought together key stakeholders to exchange ideas and highlights the need for collaborative efforts towards the future Cordillera Autonomous Region. Read more

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Position Paper on Bill No. 29 or the proposed Bangsamoro Electoral Code

IAG Philippines I Jan 18, 2023

This position paper was submitted by the Independent Panel of Experts from the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), the Mindanao State University System (MSUS) and the Local Government Development Institute (LGDI) to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority for consideration. Read more

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#KusogMindanaw2022: The state of civil society organizations

IAG Philippines I Nov 11, 2022

We just have to continue pursuing not just our mission but also our advocacy for a better state of CSOs especially in Mindanao. We must continually remind ourselves about respect for local initiatives and local knowledge. As local CSOs we must also insist on building partnerships among equals. We must not allow ourselves to be treated as second class development... Read more

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Political Party Building in the Bangsamoro: Challenges and Prospects

IAG Philippines I Aug 24, 2022

This paper hopes to contribute to the on-going policy conversations, particularly institution building in the BARMM by tackling the challenges and opportunities pertaining to the building and developing of political parties in the Bangsamoro region. Read more

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SPECIAL REPORT: Examining Human Rights and the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 in the Bangsamoro Region

IAG Philippines I Jun 24, 2022

This report looks at the unique position of the BARMM in the country’s anti-terrorism drive and explores opportunities for safeguarding its constituents from potential abuses given its human rights mandate. Read more

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Special Publications

IAG Philippines I Apr 06, 2022

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The Role of the Opposition in the Bangsamoro Parliament

Michael Henry Yusingco I Jan 10, 2022

For the Bangsamoro Parliament to work effectively and efficiently, the interaction between the majority and the minority must be founded on mutual respect.  Read more

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Mindanao and the Future of Federalism in 2022 Onwards

IAG Philippines I Nov 22, 2021

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III delivered these remarks during the first day of Kusog Mindanaw Virtual Conference on October 18, 2021, on the topic ““Federalism and Equitable Share of Mindanao in the National Wealth and Policies That Affect Them”. This copy has been edited for brevity. Read more

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The First Year of the Anti-Terrorism Act: An Assessment

IAG Philippines I Aug 02, 2021

Published to coincide with the first year of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), this special report outlines the key provisions of the ATA and describes public and stakeholder reaction to the ATA, and ways in which the law has been used by the government since enactment.  Read more

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Policy Brief: Mindanao Women Leaders’ Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

IAG Philippines I Sep 21, 2020

This brief recognizes the various measures that local government units in Mindanao have taken to address the immediate needs of their constituents, the experiences of women who served in the frontline in our fight against the dreaded virus, and involvement of civil society women leaders in the community they serve. Read more

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