Donors want to go beyond economic aid

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Nov) — Various donor agencies in Mindanao have agreed to go more than just giving economic aid to the island, and will now instead focus on “human security” as a framework in their campaigns for the peace and development efforts.

At a meeting of the Mindanao Working Group (MWG) held at the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo), the donors have identified Maguindanao as the pilot for their converged intervention under a human security framework, the province being most affected by armed conflict.

Human security, for the donors, means addressing and securing the economic, food, health, environmental, personal, community, and political needs of people and communities, particularly in conflict-affected areas. They also aim to address human development dimensions, which if secured, would address ideology-based armed conflicts that mar development efforts in Mindanao.Read full story here.


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2 responses to “Donors want to go beyond economic aid”

  1. Nick Nichols says :

    There’s much more to this than what is related here, Walter, I would expect. I’d love to see you dig into it.

    What drove them to create a new “framework”? The phrase “more than just giving economic aid” looks suspiciously like a misdirection play to me. And the term “human security” is just downright scary.

    Peter Laviña and I have talked about the need for more transparency donor agency activities. This may be as good a place as any to start.

    If all of these agencies are “harmonizing and coordinating” the flow of assistance to Mindanao, who is calling the shots? Someone has to be in charge of the philosophical thrust. I’m sure it’s not a democratically equal committee of 14 – that wouldn’t work anyway.

  2. Istambay says :

    Thanks Sir,

    Really, and guess what, my friends and I were just talking about that too. That write up was of course based on a press release by MEDCo. I really agree with your insights, in fact, these are issues that could have surfaced if had a chance to interview these people. Slowly, we are building the info base.

    Thank you for the encouragement. We have eyed to dig deeper into the issue as we have met this topic before, were just grappling for more information.

    I would also welcome more insights and information from you. Kindly send it to

    All the best for you Sir Nick!

    Best regards,


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