The Philippines is located in one of the world’s most thriving regions and has experienced steady economic growth over the last decade. However, the country still suffers from one of the world’s longest-running internal conflicts.
Norway had been facilitating the peace process in the Philippines for ten years when the talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) came to a standstill in 2011. Three years later NOREF started working on the Philippines. When a change of government in the country again opened a window of opportunity in 2016, NOREF was in a position to support the process by providing technical and substantive faciliation support in close coordination with the Norwegian MFA‘s facilitation. Based on our networks and knowledge of the country’s society and history, we delivered advice on issues such as inclusivity, ceasefire and communication, as well as logistical support.
NOREF’s work in the Philippines evolves as the peace process progresses and new needs surface. The formal peace process is currently suspended.