IAG is a service provider of the following programs:

 Political Party Building and Development

The Political Party Building Course is a short-term course conducted by IAG in association with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) to orient groups and individuals on “genuinely principled” political parties and help them build it.

IAG believes that a genuinely principled political party is the basic building block and catalyst for change in the current and future political system in the ARMM and the Philippines as a whole.

This course gives a chance for individuals to be able to appreciate and interact with co-participants and speakers on politics and political parties in a different perspective. IAG and KAS will seek to expose individuals and groups to the possible roles and responsibilities of joining a political party and the mechanisms that makes an authentic party work.

The course as a whole tries to steer clear from the current political system into the right track of political process: active participation in politics and the entire political spectrum through the political party. Our speakers are composed of experts with experience and advocates of change in the Philippines.

The course aims to: (1) deepen the understanding of the nature, history, concept and practice of political parties in the Muslim region and the Philippines; (2) develop a critical awareness amid the current realities of how political parties are practiced in the Philippines and consequently, here in Mindanao; (3) familiarize the participants on the important processes and principles of building and joining a “genuinely principled” political party; and (4) start a foundation of principled and sustainable political parties banking on informed minds (graduates/recipients of the course) that promote healthy political competition and citizen participation in nation building beneficial to the advancement of democracy, contributing to further democratic growth.

IAG was officially acknowledged by the Interim Committee for the Formation of the Bangsamoro Political Party of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as a prime technical assistance provider and consultant. On April 1, 2014, the Committee issued an official mandate requesting IAG in partnership with the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies to scale up its technical assistance, counseling services, and capacity building programs for United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP).

 Promoting and Mainstreaming Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the ARMM

The project “Recognition of the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for their Empowerment and Sustainable Development" (IPDEV) was launched in February 2012 and completed in February 2015. It was co-funded by the EU and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).

The project worked towards the protection and promotion of rights of Indigenous Peoples (IP) in 76 barangays in the ARMM. With a cross-cutting approach, IPDEV sought to address the absence of an enabling law in the ARMM that recognizes indigenous peoples’ rights and social justice as embodied in the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), the 1987 Philippine Constitution and other existing international laws for IPs.

The activities focused on capacity building for the empowerment and strengthening of IP self-governance, advocacy for socio-legal and administrative reforms in the ARMM, as well as lobbying for the inclusion of IPs in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Overall, IPDEV is aimed at the development of IP communities in the ARMM that recognize and practice the rights of minorities at all levels and the improvement of living conditions of the most marginalized population.

For a more comprehensive context of the project, read: The Indigenous Peoples of Mainland ARMM.

Promoting Policy Environment to Secure the Rights and Welfare of Children, Youth and Adolescents in the Proposed Bangsamoro Region and Constituent Local Government Units

Launched in 2014 and in line with the UNICEF Peacebuilding component, this project aims to broaden the discourse on good governance, promote public participation, frame the issues and generate options to the end that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the subsequent regional local government code and other local laws will entrench systems that promote good governance in local governance and a nurturing environment for peaceful communities especially for children, youth and adolescents in the region. The public policies and mechanisms generated as a result of this project will institutionalize and sustain the initiatives for the protection and welfare of children, youth and adolescents in the region.

All throughout the project, governance experts will be involved in workshops and roundtable discussions centered at creating a venue to craft better regional-LGU relations and entrench policies for children and youth. The proceedings will be timely published and conveyed to appropriate bodies.

The project implementation will also focus on creating options for Bangsamoro-LGU relations founded on good governance and securing in the BBL international standards and principles enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of Children and adequate mechanisms and resources for the protection and welfare of children, youth and adolescents.

 Promoting Political Climate and Stability for Peace in the Bangsamoro

Promoting Political Climate and Stability for Peace in the Bangsamoro (Pro PolitiCS for Peace) is a three-year project that seeks to help shape a stable political environment in support of the Mindanao peace process. It engages political leaders in dialogue, capacity-building, researches and studies to enhance their informed and principled participation in the crafting and implementation of the roadmap and processes for sustainable peace and development in Mindanao.

Pro PolitiCS for Peace is a platform to enhance the productive role and participation of political leaders and local government units in the evolution and implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). As well, it is a bridge between political leaders and key stakeholders and peace process mechanisms to promote constructive and productive inter-governmental relations in the envisioned Bangsamoro regional government.

Pro PolitiCS for Peace will provide technical assistance in institutionalizing the constructive role of political leaders and LGUS and their relations with the regional government in regional legislations such as the regional local government and administrative laws.

Pro PolitiCS for Peace is engaging Provincial Peace and Order Councils (PPOCs) to enhance their contribution to processes and programs for securing security and peace in communities. It is a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration between the PPOCs and the normalization structures of the peace process.

In its activities, Pro PolitiCS for Peace shall promote the role and participation of women, indigenous peoples and Muslim religious leaders.

Launched in 2015, the project embarked on its Phase 2 starting in 2018 and is now called “Enhancing Political Dialogue for Inclusive Peace in the Bangsamoro” or Enpold Bangsamoro. Through this project, IAG continues to foster an arena for political dialogue to build consensus and ownership of the political reforms and peace process as key to sustainable and inclusive peace. Enpold Bangsamoro is implemented by IAG in partnership with the Bangsamoro Women Services Center Inc. (BWSC), Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), Institute for Bangsamoro Studies (IBS), Organization of Teduray and Lambangian Conference (OTLAC), and Zamboanga Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA). The project is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australia.

Visit the Enpold Bangsamoro website to learn more about the project.

 Rule of Law

The Rule of Law program seeks to promote access to justice in a conflict and post-conflict environment. In the envisioned Bangsamoro, the justice system shall have three sub-systems: Shari’ah law, civil courts and indigenous tribal justice system. Alternative dispute resolution is a theme across the 3 sub-systems. IAG contributes to the promotion of the rule of law by strengthening the policies and practice in the 3 sub-systems of justice in the Bangsamoro.

This program adopts the following strategies:

1. Research and developing accurate and relevant baseline data on access to justice towards the formulation of a justice index in the Bangsamoro;

2. Policy research and advocacy towards progressive policies and implementation of the Bangsamoro justice system;

3. Training and capacity building for lawyers, law professors, counsellors, para-legals and court personnel;

4. Developing modules for law schools and public administration courses in colleges and universities;

5. Awareness raising on the state and measures to make the Bangsamoro justice system relevant and effective in resolving disputes.

IAG is partnering with relevant institutions such as the Supreme Court and the Philippine Judicial Academy and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS) and laws schools and centers for Shariah Law and Islamic Studies in the Bangsamoro.

Promoting good governance in the Autonomous Regional Government and Local Government Units

This program trains, mentors and provides technical assistance to promote efficiency, transparency, accountability and citizens’ participation in the affairs of the autonomous regional  government and local government units. It adopts the needs-driven, participatory and collaborative approaches in introducing, developing and entrenching good governance practices in regional and local laws and policies.

It helps LGUs optimize their potentials for local resource generation through tax mapping and efficient collection of taxes and fees, tax information campaigns and client-friendly and efficient business licensing and regulatory practices and in promoting the environment for enhanced business activities in their localities.

It trains and assists LGUs in achieving milestones in transparency and accountability such as getting the Seal of Good Housekeeping and compliance with the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA).

This program promotes civil society participation in local governance by strengthening local development bodies and local special bodies which by law have strong citizen participation. It orients LGUs on accreditation of civil society groups for membership in local bodies. The program provides training to civil society organizations (CSOs) on ways by which they can actively monitor ad participate in local governance. Strategic communication programs to promote dialogue and interaction between LGUs and citizens are developed with LGUs and CSOs.

Enhancing Security Governance

This program provides training and technical assistance to raise capacities of local governments in promoting peace and security in their localities. This program trains and strengthens the Local Peace and Order Councils on conflict resolution and in designing and implementing relevant and effective programs to promote local security and peace. The program strengthens local and indigenous mechanisms for conflict prevention and management.

Policy Advocacy

This program conducts researches, workshops and trainings and discussions on political, economic and security issues. It provides technical assistance in crafting public policies and local or national laws, resolution or ordinances especially on the protection and welfare of vulnerable groups such as indigenous peoples, elderly, women, children and people with disabilities. Capacity-building for lawmakers and policymakers forms part of this program. Through publications, roundtable discussions and use of traditional and social media, this program can conduct campaigns towards putting in place relevant policies that effectively address public and social concerns.

Developing Economic Clusters

This replicates the successful Iranun Development Council (IDC) project where five (5) municipalities in Maguindanao BARIRA BULDON MATANOG PARANG and DATU BLAH SINSUAT were assisted by IAG in constituting their areas as one economic development cluster. This program involves raising capacities of LGUs in alliance-building and research, survey and mapping to identify areas for economic collaboration among others. It trains local economic development managers in feasibility studies, business planning and marketing. This program also provides technical assistance in accessing loans and grants and public-private partnerships (PPP) for local economic development.

For more information about these programs, please e-mail Atty. Benedicto Bacani, Executive Director, IAG at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..