Special Projects

Although iEmergence has a specific focus on leadership and transformational development work, the organization recognizes the need to support projects that contribute positively to the development of a particular cause or policy in response to relevant issues in society. From time to time, the organization lends support to the work of key government agencies, civil society organizations, and Indigenous people groups for special advocacy projects that benefit Indigenous and tribal communities.
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Last year, iEmergence implemented the Bangsamoro Cultural Advocacy Project (BCAP) in collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in the Philippines and other non-governmental organisations working in Mindanao such as the Mindanawon Initiatives for Cultural Dialogue, Al Qalam Institiute for Islamic Identities and Dialouge in Southeast Asia, Forum Civil Peace Service, and the Initiatives for International Dialogue. The objective of the project was to push for an appropriate cultural agenda to be included in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which will become the backbone of the Bangsamoro entity, and to increase understanding about the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and its Annexes among the grassroots.

Several fora, focus group discussions and interviews were conducted to gather relevant narratives from the people in the communities. Through an indigenous appreciative inquiry process, those from the grassroots, who were often voiceless in the mainstream discourse, were able to tell stories about their own cultural and historical realities. In particular, BCAP provided the venue for these communities to draft recommendations on areas such as governance, justice, livelihood, health and education which were presented to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission for inclusion to the BBL. More importantly however, the project affirmed the significance of recognizing culture and giving voice to these indigenous communities as part of the overall peace process. The elements of cultural affirmation and story-telling were two core principles of iEmergence that guided the implementation of the project.

For more information on the project, click this link: Bangsamoro Cultural Advocacy Project

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iEmergence, a division of Indigenous Pathways, is a non-profit/non-stock organization focusing on holistic community and leadership development in indigenous and tribal communities.
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