These are the collection of videos released by International Alert through the years, some of which talk about the rigorous methodology of the three different programs of International Alert: Conflict Alert, Critical Events Monitoring System (CEMS), and Resource Use and Management Planning (RUM). There are also scoping videos which cover violent extremism in the Bangsamoro, stories of valor or Maratabat among many other topics.

Conflict’s Long Game: A Decade of Violence in the Bangsamoro

Why does violent conflict persist in the Bangsamoro? Ten years of granular evidence has presented a trendline of violent conflict during the most delicate and significant period in the contemporary history of Muslim Mindanao.

The Conflict Alert 2022 Book, entitled Conflict’s Long Game: A Decade of Violence in the Bangsamoro, features a compendium of thematic chapters narrating the analysis of the severity, magnitude, and causes of conflict in the Bangsamoro from 2011 to 2020.

Enduring Wars

The Conflict Alert 2020 report presents analysis on conflict dynamics and trends from 2011 to 2019 in the Bangsamoro, highlighting the rise of violence in pockets and corridors of the region within a picture of continued overall decline of violent conflict across provinces. The report tackles the high incidence of identity, resource, and political violence and the persistent nature of violent extremism and shadow economies of drugs and weapons in the region.

War Makes States

Violent conflict declined in the Bangsamoro starting 2017 and plunged further in 2018 a year after the Marawi war. The decline was observed across all provinces and in almost all conflict causes.

What conditions brought about the relative peace in the region? How can we maintain this fragile peace, especially during the critical period of the Bangsamoro transition process?

The Conflict Alert 2019 Report, entitled War Makes States, highlights how the state apparatus has provided a fragile peace in the Bangsamoro in 2018 and shows existing threats that may cause a rebound to conflict if similar strategies that allowed a more stable environment will not be institutionalized.

Conflict Alert: Understanding Conflict

Conflict Alert is International Alert Philippines' response to a reality when newly-emerging forms of violence, including violent extremism, have become the new norm. It is a tool to monitor conflict across Mindanao in the Southern Philippines. It tracks the actors, causes, and costs, by gathering data from the police, the military, the media, and communities.

Conflict Alert methodology

Conflict Alert tracks and analyzes violent conflict, defined as incident/s where two or more parties use intimidation, force, or physical violence to exert control, settle misunderstandings or grievances, or defend and expand their individual or collective interests (e.g., social, economic, political resources and power, etc.)

Resource Use and Management Planning

Since 2012, International Alert has partnered with local governments, communities, including indigenous peoples, and business in developing and implementing community-based Resource Use and Management Planning (RUMP). The RUMP enabled a process of identifying resources, mapping claims and conflict timeline, and developing strategies for resource use that is adaptable, inclusive, participatory, and conflict-sensitive.

For communities, RUMP has served as a platform to meaningfully participate in development planning and negotiate from a position of strength their collective aspirations. Local governments, likewise utilised RUMP to complement their Comprehensive Land Use Plans and investment plans. RUMPs have facilitated economic activities and conflict-sensitive development projects that improve lives and strengthen long-term prospects for peace.

Critical Events Monitoring System

Did you know that there are ways to track critical precursor events to prevent violence and its escalation?

Our partner, The Early Response Network (ERN) of Lanao del Sur, monitors tensions, conflict incidents, disasters, and displacement to prevent these from erupting into violent flashpoints. They use the Critical Events Monitoring System (CEMS) to capture, record, and relay these critical events to relevant stakeholders in order to coordinate quick and context-specific response.

Watch the story here on how they tackled two incidents that could have had massive ripple effects under different circumstances.

Maratabat: Stories of Valor in Marawi

We remember the valor that local people, now our partners in peacebuilding, have demonstrated during the Marawi siege. We believe that if they survived the horrendous situation in 2017, they will emerge victorious in rebuilding their lives and their city, and in keeping their maratabat alive.

Two years have passed since the beginning of the crisis. It has brought death, displacement, and suffering to many of our Meranao brothers and sisters. We remain confident in their unwavering hope, deep sense of pride, and perseverance to mend relationships torn by the siege and re-establish their communities and their city in consonance with their culture and aspirations as the great people of the lake -- if only the government would let them.

We are one with our partners and with communities in Marawi in the hope that on the third year, they will finally be able return home and live peacefully and prosperously once again.

Power, Peace, and Place: Why firms account for their actions

Power, Peace, and Place is a paradigmatic appeal to those who believe that power relations can be altered, peace can be achieved, and place can secure the bounties of a lasting peace. The story of the Davao Multi-Stakeholder Group for Energy Concerns (DMGENCO) attests to this notion – a collaboration between an energy firm, civil society actors, and local government executives that helped strengthen inclusive and conflict-sensitive strategies to guide new investments and plans for promoting energy production, management, and distribution across Mindanao.

SHIFT/s (Shifting Hybrid Initiatives for Inclusive Transformation)

Why are the youth involved in violence? Why is there a low participation in peacebuilding activities among them? Why aren't schools used as a safe space to talk about issues that affect the youth?

SHIFT/s gives youth in conflict areas the opportunity to play an essential role in addressing these questions. It helps them develop concrete action plans to achieve a safe community where they continue to live with dignity.