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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The Role of Trust in Peace Accord Implementation: A Case Study in the Bangsamoro

Author: Alfredo Ferrariz Lubang
Published by: CPCS
Publication Date: February 2017

Originally conducted as an Action Research project for CPCS’ Applied Conflict Transformation Studies Master’s Programme, this publication explores the role of trust in implementing peace accords. Utilising the case of the peace process between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH), the publication unpacks the concept of trust and how it can be nurtured. Considering trust from a societal approach, the publication seeks to answer the following three questions: 1) How do people define trust within the context of implementing a peace accord; 2) What are the important factors of trust in implementing a peace accord; and 3) What factors diminish trust during the implementation period.

Through an analysis of a community survey, the research emphasises that trust plays an integral role in the successful implementation of a peace accord. Concluding that trust is a reflexive process in which individuals process trust through their own experiences and in turn share them with their community, the publication suggests that trust creates space for understanding and flexibility between parties, thereby enhancing the chance for peace to take root. Importantly, it also provides recommendations for stakeholders at various levels, including leaders of the MILF and GPH, implementers of the peace accords, and community residents, in order to better support the implementation of the peace process.

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.



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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