About DEPAdev

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Philippines Office together with its institutional partner, the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), have started the project DEPAdev to prepare the future autonomous Bangsamoro region for a meaningful autonomy.Funded by the European Union, the DEPAdev project aims to contribute to the establishment of a pluralistic political landscape in southern Philippines. In particular through the formation of political parties, Muslim, Christian, Indigenous and other underrepresented groups shall be empowered for active political participation under a parliamentary system. For this non-partisan technical support, seminars and training activities will be conducted from February 2016 onwards, addressing existing political parties, members of civil society groups and members of both religious and non-religious groups inside the future Bangsamoro entity.

Introduction to the Project

In September 2015, the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) Philippines Office and the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) have started an 18 months project to advance a genuine political party system in the new autonomous political entity (the future Bangsamoro) in Mindanao.

The main goal is to empower civil society to actively participate in political decision processes which are at the basis of political pluralism. In this context, seminars and training activities will be implemented which are addressed to the various religious and non-religious groups inside the future Bangsamoro area. The project is managed by KAS Philippines Office in Makati City, jointly implemented by IAG in Cotabato City and funded by the European Union.

Persons in charge

KAS (Makati City)

Benedikt Seemann
Resident Representative


Hendrik Mollenhauer
Project Manager


Reyna A. Sarsalijo
Financial Manager

IAG (Cotabato City)

Atty. Benedicto R. Bacani
Executive Director


Narciso Jover, Jr.
Training Expert


Charline Jane L. Tan
Project Assistant

Target groups and main activities

The primary target groups are composed of political parties, members of civil society groups and members of both religious and non-religious groups within the future Bangsamoro entity.

The action is divided into three phases:

Phase 1: Inception Phase (month 1 – 4)

  • Strategy planning with partners and target groups
  • Orientation seminars
  • Public project launch conference with national and international experts to be held end of January 2016 in Manila

Phase 2: Implementation Phase (month 5 – 16)

  • Training activities on an advanced level for target groups
  • Consulting seminars of practical party matters
  • Consulting seminars on parliamentary procedures

Phase 3: Concluding phase (months 17 – 18)

  • Final public conference
  • Publications on the project’s results

Beneficiaries and main objectives

The overall objective to which the project shall contribute is the establishment of a pluralistic political landscape within the future autonomous Bangsamoro entity.

One specific objective is to educate and train all Muslim, Christian and Indigenous groups in order to enable them for active political participation under a parliamentary system.

Another specific objective is to empower stakeholders and underrepresented groups to transform their interest groups and operate them as functional programmatic political parties based on the rule of law.

These objectives build a foundation on which active civil society participation within the autonomous region will be possible. By being organized and registered political parties, supporters, members and leaders of those parties can integrate their programs into political processes.

RESOURCES

ADDRESS

5/F Cambridge Center Bldg., 108 Tordesillas cor. Gallardo Sts., Salcedo Village,
Makati City, Philippines
Phone: +632-894-3737; 3427;3796
Fax: +632-893-6199
Email: Info.Manila@kas.de
Website: http://www.delacse.com
Email: delacse@gmail.com

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