Peace is for Everyone: Bangsamoro stories of hope, survival, pain and resilience

Peace is for Everyone, authored by the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies (IBS) – a Mindanao-based non-governmental research institution – gathers the experiences of over 300 men and women in Maguindanao, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Marawi, Iligan, Cotabato and Isabela. Weaved together, these individual stories provide a collective account of the Bagsamoro people over the past decades of conflict, their views on the present situation, as well as their hopes for the future. The book will be officially launched on July 12 in Marawi City and July 13 in Cotabato City.

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Peace is Living with Dignity: Voices of Communities from Myanmar’s Ceasefire Areas in 2016

Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: CPCS
Publication Date: January 2016
ISBN: 13:978 99963 856 4 3

Peace is Living with Dignity showcases the second round of CPCS’ project listening to communities and their experiences with the peace process in Myanmar. Utilising CPCS Listening Methodology, the project aims to amplify the voices of people in ceasefire areas of Myanmar to inform and influence decision-makers in the peace process. Engaging communities in the same six states (Kachin, Northern Shan, Southern Shan, Kayah, Kayin, and Mon States) as the first round, this publication presents the opinions and experiences of community members with the on-going peace process, their daily challenges, and their hopes for the future based on 459 conversations with 1,663 participants in 2016.

The publication is divided into ten chapters. Chapter 1 contains the introduction and conflict context, as well as the summary of main findings across all of the states. The chapter also covers comparison between the first round of the project in 2015 and the second in 2016. Chapter 2 outlines recommendations based on the findings for key stakeholders. Chapter 3 explains listening methodology and how it was used to gather the data. Chapter 4 contains the experiences and reflections of the listeners that conducted the conversations with community members of each community. Finally, Chapters 5 to 10 are devoted to in-depth discussions of the main themes identified in the six areas covered by the research.

A Homegrown Approach to Accompaniment in the Face of Violence: IFI’s Lumad Accompaniment Program in Mindanao

Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: CPCS
Publication date: December 2016

A Homegrown Approach to Accompaniment in the Face of Violence: IFI’s Lumad Accompaniment Program in Mindanao is a CPCS Learning Paper focused on the Lumad Accompaniment Program in Mindanao in the Philippines. A component of the Mindanao Lumad Ministry, the Lumad Accompaniment Program was initiated by Mindanao Bishops Conference at a consultation meeting on the Lumad situation in November 2015. The bishops had convened to discuss and formulate a collective response to “ongoing and worsening human rights violations perpetuated by structural violence” against Lumad peoples.

This paper analyses the key features of the program and discusses some significant challenges for the program in the context of the Lumad community where the pilot accompaniment program was conducted. This paper covers events up to early October 2016. The remarkable speed of implementation and early success of the Lumad Accompaniment Program and the role of the programme within the broader framework of ministry towards Lumad peoples make it an interesting subject of study in community security. That the Lumad Accompaniment Program is a homegrown, domestic and civilian intervention presents further points of interest in the contemplation of the relative impact between insiders and outsiders in peacebuilding.



noah presentationThe Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS) Master’s Programme is unique in the field of conflict transformation though its utilization of a hybrid academic-practitioner perspective.

The part-time programme, provided in partnership with Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, offers a thorough, rigorous, dynamic and state-of-the-art approach, drawing on the latest developments in the field and contextual peace practices throughout Asia.



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The overarching framework for CPCS’ approach is anchored on the principles of demand-driven interventions that address the requirements of the stakeholders and the underlying causes of the conflict:


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The East West Management Institute (EWMI) is accepting donations for the Cambodia Peace Museum on behalf of CPCS


Towards national reconciliation: A peace museum for Cambodians

CPCS is in the process of establishing the Cambodia Peace Museum, an educational and experiential space geared towards supporting a wider national healing process – one which highlights the resilience of Cambodia’s people in transforming conflict and overcoming adversity, as well as the nation’s potential as a peacebuilding learning centre for it’s regional neighbours.


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