The southern island region of Mindanao in the Philippines has been marked with political and social unrest and armed violence – displacing numerous families and stripping them of their livelihood and income. Thus, to promote economic prosperity and the peaceful and long-term resolution of the conflict over land rights and use, the Conflict-Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (COSERAM) Programme of GIZ provides advisory services to government offices.
To help individuals affected by conflict-driven displacement and recover economic and/or social losses, ASSIST served as a bridge for beneficiaries and GIZ through the development of several capacity-building products and training on documentation skills for COSERAM partners.
The project called for the development of knowledge products, featuring success stories encouraging initiative and action. These include videos on livelihood improvement through native jam production and rice promotion. Aside from this, stories that inform of initiatives were featured such as a video on the Katarungan Pambarangay strengthening, the Urban Legal Assistance program, and a scientific paper on Indigenous Knowledge Systems for biodiversity conservation. These knowledge products provided individuals with case studies as a basis for capacity-building opportunities, promoting economic prosperity for displaced individuals.