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In Focus

Fund Dates

Start date: 15 December 2021

End date: 31 December 2023



Key Documents

JP Philippines BARMM - Standard Administrative Arrangement (SAA)

JP Philippines BARMM - Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

JP Philippines BARMM - Programme Document



Leveraging the United Nations Socio-economic and Peacebuilding Framework for COVID-19 Recovery (2020-2023) alongside national and regional development plans is how stakeholders of the Conflict Transformation in BARMM, in the Philippines, are countering the deacceleration of socio-economic growth, weakened social cohesion, and upticks in violence in Bangsamoro. Transformation is pursued by strengthening community resilience and social cohesion in high-risk areas and forging lasting peace dividends. 


Fund Scope

To leverage humanitarian and development gains, programme stakeholders have applied conflict-sensitive programme and monitoring components to identify drivers of conflict and areas of intervention. Conflict and needs analyses, along with monitoring operations in communities at the most risk, are combined with area-based development approaches, conflict-sensitive principles, and contextually-relevant community methods that improve inclusion, and drive-up engagement, local ownership, and governance accountability and transparency. 
Stakeholders of the Conflict Transformation in BARMM joint programme contribute to peaceful and inclusive societies, drawing from sustainable development actions laid out in the Philippine Development Plan, the Bangsamoro Regional Development Plan, UN Socio-economic and Peacebuilding Framework for COVID-19 Recovery 2020-2023 (SEPF), and current UN reform agenda. Anchored to the UN Secretary General’s vision on conflict prevention, the joint programme strategy is focused on raising community resilience in high-risk areas, as well as improving basic service and resource delivery, and implementing initiatives that build individual and community livelihood capacities. 
Although peacebuilding, security, and socio-economic progress has been made in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) of the Philippines, processes are at risk of faltering in the face of political upheaval, lack of community cohesion and social discontent, complex transition processes, COVID19-induced delays, and stagnated levels of poverty (61.3% live below the poverty line). Countering these trends require accelerated efforts to implement localized conflict transformation initiatives, which stakeholders deem critical for sustaining conviction in peace dividends, bring about an end to recurring episodes of local conflict, and prevent election-related violence in 2022. 


Theory of Change

Doing so will lay the groundwork for conflict transformation outcomes that help drive the regional transition process, as well as assist BARMM communities in implementing locally developed and owned resilience strategies that strengthen social cohesion. 
If community driven socioeconomic and peacebuilding investments can leverage tangible peace dividends—positively impacting the welling and livelihoods of conflict-affected communities in BARMM, including women, non-Moro indigenous peoples, youth, former-combatants and soon to be decommissioned combatants—then immediate challenges to building and sustaining peace amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and 2022 elections can be mitigated. 
The coming years are critical for securing the Bangsamaro peace process given conflict/violence trends and political dynamics. To increase much-needed peace dividends and community support, BARMM stakeholders address conflict prevention and community resilience throughout the election period to lay the foundation for conflict transformation outcomes that reverberate beyond the 2022 elections and support a successful transition in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. 



Convening Agent

The Convening Agent hosts the Joint Programme Coordinator and is responsible for ensuring the overall delivery of programme results. The Joint Programme Coordinator ensures strategic direction of the programme, technical leadership in regard to programme consistency and coherence, coordinates monitoring and reporting requirements, and provides support functions to the Programme Steering Committee.

Steering Committee

Members have leadership, vision, and strategic direction functions, as well as make collective resource allocation decisions, endorse the annual workplan and monitor the joint programme progress towards achieving objectives. The Steering Committee is a platform for high-level dialogue, coordination, communication, and advocacy amongst stakeholders to ensure adaptation of the UN Joint Programme and Fund architecture based on evolving priorities. Other responsibilities of Steering Committee members include approving arrangements for management and coordination; reviewing and revising the theory of change and expected results; reviewing annual workplans and budgets; approving fund allocations; reviewing reports; and leading efforts to capitalize the Fund, through the advocacy and mobilization of investments.

Technical Working Groups

Working Groups convene for each outcome area and members lead and oversee programme implementation and monitoring. They are responsible for providing regular technical advice, monitoring progress, and reporting to key stakeholders; analyzing programme bottlenecks, emerging risks, or concerns; identify actions to be taken; recommend strategies and innovative approaches and ways to address risks and operational issues, and elevate unresolved issues to the Steering Committee. 

Office of the Resident Coordinator

Provides strategic guidance in leading and coordinating overall management of the programme in consultation with PUNOs, and with a focus on resource mobilization, communications, partnerships, and M&E.

Administrative Agent

Recipient Organizations receive funds through the Administrative Agent, the MPTF Office. The Administrative Agent is responsible for the receipt, administration and management of contributions from donors, disbursement of funds to Recipient Organizations, and consolidation and dissemination of progress reports to donors.

Participating UN Organizations

Programme implementation is the responsibility of each Participating UN Organization. Each organization is programmatically and financially responsible for resources received.




All stakeholders strive to ensure sustainability of results. Joint Programme reporting is results-oriented, and evidence based. 


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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 1,000,000  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 0  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   1,000,000
Transferred to Participating Organizations 0  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 10,000  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 0  
Total use of funds   10,000
Balance with Administrative Agent   990,000
As a percentage of deposits   99.0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 0  
Total resources   0
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 0  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Total expenses     0
Balance with Participating Organizations   0
As a percentage of transfers   0%
Total Balance of Funds   990,000
As a percentage of deposits   99.0%
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