Overview of thrusts and accomplishments during the last 5 years

After spearheading peace-building efforts inside Mindanao from 2000-2005, IID embarked on broadening a peace constituency outside of Mindanao in the last six years (2006-2011) through its seminal Duyog Mindanao (Solidarity with Mindanao) campaign that raised popular awareness and harnessed support for peace efforts related to the island’s festering conflicts.

IID’s pioneering work in the region and in Mindanao made its mark in the global arena when it was invited to be a founder of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), a worldwide network of peace-building organizations, advocates and practitioners. IID currently anchors GPPAC- Southeast Asia. Recognizing the role of women in peace-building and adhering to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on this, IID initiated the establishment of a network of women peace-builders in the region in 2007 through the formation of the Asian Circle 1325.

In 2006, IID also co-founded the World Forum for Democratization in Asia (WFDA), a civil society network dedicated to promote democracy in the Asia region. And as engagement with regional inter-governmental organizations became more and more relevant, IID helped strengthen civil society interface with the ASEAN in establishing the Solidarity for Asian Peoples Advocacy (SAPA) and anchoring its peace and security working group.

Responding to the calls and need for solidarity of other peoples in the region struggling for their self-determination while harnessing its long experience with APCET, IID re-established the Asia-Pacific Solidarity Coalition (APSOC) in 2011 in Southern Thailand. APSOC is committed to help ramp up solidarity for the peoples of Southern Thailand, Mindanao, West Papua, Burma, Aceh and Sri Lanka.