As prospects for peace in Mindanao betw een the Moro International Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) showed sustained improvement in 2003-200 5, the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) was created as a mechanism for pooling and channeling resources from development partners to conflict-affected communities. By March 2006, it launched the MTF Reconstruction and Development Program (MTF-RDP) to focus initially on much needed capacity building of local stakeholder groups in the planning, implementation and management of their own development projects.
Capacity building of the Bangsamoro De velopment Agency (BDA) was among the main goals of Phase 1 in the first year of th e Program to address the lack of skills and experience of Moro-based organizations in development administration. Through the technical assistance and guided learni ng (learning-by-doing) in the actual implementation of a community-driven deve lopment approach for conflict areas, the BDA has successfully experienced and completed one cycle of sub-projects in six pilot communities. The BDA field staff with the help of on-site coaches went into community organizing work which included the recruitment of Barangay Volunteers, training community members and guiding th em in the process of putting up a people’s organization (PO) that could be entrusted with responsibilities for the implementation and management of their projects. The next stage for BDA would involve learning to manage a cluster of sites in each region.
|Source Institution||World Bank|
|Place of Publication||Pasig City|
|Original Publication Date||January 1, 2007|