19 May 2017

News Story: Rejection of EU funding could affect Mindanao peace projects

MANILA, Philippines — Rejecting aid from the European Union could cut support to peace-building programs in Mindanao like livelihood assistance in Moro Islamic Liberation Front camps and the delivery of basic services to conflict-affected communities.

In December, the EU approved P200 million in additional funding until 2018 for the Mindanao Trust Fund, a multi-donor grant facility funded largely by the EU.

According to past reports, the money will be used to "support the Philippine government’s efforts in monitoring the situation, defusing tension and creating an inclusive political platform that will unite the people of Mindanao."

The MTF said on its website that it supports "programs and projects that promote economic opportunity, provide access to basic services and build social cohesion to help create stable and secure communities."

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