COTABATO CITY - The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) with support from the Government of the United Kingdom have entered into a partnership to implement a 10-month project on Political Party Building and Development in the Bangsamoro.


The project aims to meaningfully implement the provisions of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) towards a political party system in the region that is principled, effective, democratic and inclusive. Commencing in July 2020, the project will provide technical inputs to the crafting of the law on political parties and will contribute to strengthening the capacities of new and existing local political parties. The project will likewise provide the platform for consultations in the crafting of the Bangsamoro Electoral Code, a major piece of legislation for the region.


Activities of the project include dialogue and consultations among and between BTA members, regional political parties, key electoral reform stakeholders, COMELEC, and BARMM officials. The project will conduct basic and specialized trainings on political party building and development, conversation sessions with Bangsamoro civil society organizations, policy paper writing, political party mentoring, social media talks and consultations, and publication of materials on political parties and parliamentary elections.


WFD is the United Kingdom’s democracy assistance agency, working in partnership with political parties, parliaments and civil society organizations around the world to create more inclusive, accountable and transparent democratic systems.


IAG is a policy and training institute based in Cotabato City devoted to promoting democracy, peace and development in the southern Philippines and elsewhere.