About the Mindanao Trust Fund
The Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) is a multi-donor grant facility established in 2005 to consolidate international development assistance for the socio-economic recovery of conflict-affected communities in Mindanao. The MTF funds programs and projects that promote economic opportunity, provide access to basic services and build social cohesion to help create stable and secure communities. The MTF also builds capacities among institutions in Mindanao for development planning and local governance.
The MTF Steering Committee is chaired by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and the World Bank. Contributing donors are the European Union; the Swedish International Development Agency; the Australian Embassy Philippines, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada; the United States Agency for International Development; the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and the World Bank, which also serves as the Trust Fund Secretariat.
Donors have contributed US$29 million so far, which has supported the following programs in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao:
- Community-Driven Development/Community-Driven Reconstruction–Provides community infrastructure (roads, post-harvest facilities, water supply systems, agricultural inputs, etc.) to over half a million people in 75 municipalities and more than 215 villages.
- Programme for Local Economic Development through Enlightened Governance and Grassroots Empowerment–Forms community enterprise development and wage employment in 12 communities.
- Operational Support for the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program–Helps the Project Management Team (PMT) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a counterpart to national government agencies, to provide health, education and livelihood programs for 50,000 people.
- Bangsamoro Development Plan – Provides technical and financial assistance for the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) to formulate the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP), a comprehensive and inclusive socioeconomic blueprint for the proposed Bangsamoro territories. The Plan was launched in November 2014 by President Benigno S. Aquino III.
- Bangsamoro ADVANCE – In 2016, the MTF has expanded livelihood and infrastructure support to an estimated 50,000 new beneficiaries in 50 more communities in the influence area of the 25 MILF Base Camps.
- Bangsamoro Solidarity – Continuing the inclusive and community-driven ethos of the facility, the MTF is assisting 10 diverse or mixed communities in Davao, Zamboanga Peninsula and South Mindanao by providing the targeted 10,000 Muslim, Christian, and IP residents with income-generating equipment and infrastructure, as well as community-based facilities
- Camps - In support of the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement of the Bangsamoro, the MTF is providing 15,000 beneficiaries in 31 barangays within the areas of the Six Acknowledged MILF Camps livelihood and infrastructure projects which range from pre- and post- harvest facilities, bridges, water systems, among others. Alternative Learning System (ALS) and functional literacy programs are also provided to several beneficiaries, particularly vulnerable groups such as women, widows, and out-of-school youth to increase their prospects for gainful employment.
The program channels grants through non-governmental organizations and UN agencies. The three grant recipients are the Community and Family Services International (CFSI), the Mindanao Land Foundation, Inc. (MinLand) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). These three organizations work in partnership with the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), the development arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which is involved in a peace process with the Government of the Philippines. One of the main thrusts of the MTF is to help build the skills and knowledge required for the BDA and other MILF institutions to assume a role in government, pursuant to the March 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the Philippine Government and the MILF.
The Mindanao Trust Fund will close in June 2017.