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MPI is Seeking a Translator/Transcriber for the MPI-MM Peace Cohort Research Project

Project Background

With funding support from Mensen met een Missie (MM), MPI is leading a short-term research project intending to assess the needs and resources identified by local grassroots peacebuilders and gauge the interest and value of developing a grassroots peacebuilders cohort in relation to the peace and conflict context of grassroots peacebuilders and their needs.

MPI’s research team plans to conduct in-person interviews with MM partners as well as various civil society actors, local leaders, and community members starting at the end of January to the end of February 2022. 

Guidebook for Mentors: A Manual for Teaching and Mentoring Young Peacebuilders and a Collection of Mentoring Stories

Guidebook for Mentors: A Manual for Teaching and Mentoring Young Peacebuilders and a Collection of Mentoring Stories

Now available for pdf download (6.54 MB) , the Grassroots Peacebuilding Mentors Training Program Guidebook is a product of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute’s (MPI) three-year experience and lessons learned implementing the Grassroots Peacebuilding Mentors Training Program. By documenting and collating key activities and processes from the mentoring program, MPI aims to contribute to addressing gaps in available resources on mentoring and peacebuilding.

MPI hopes that this Guidebook can support the capacity-building needs of organizations, particularly peacebuilding and developmental organizations, to develop mentors within their institutions who can nurture the skills and capacities of other peacebuilders. Mentorship is an effective way of developing people into leaders and champions that can advocate and initiate transformative change. At MPI, we believe that this approach answers John Paul Lederach’s call to nurturing a “critical mass” of peacebuilders that are taking small, consistent steps to build and sustain justpeace.

  pdf Download the ebook here (6.54 MB) .

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Conflict sensitivity, capacity building and peacebuilding education

Conflict sensitivity, capacity building and peacebuilding education

The following article was first published in the Winter 2022 issue of Mennonite Central Committee’s publication, Intersections.

Since its inception, the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) in the Philippines has served as a resource for peacebuilders. Through its education and training programs, MPI offers courses that are relevant and applicable to grassroots peacebuilders’ current contexts as well as reflective of ongoing development in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. To date, MPI has trained over 2,300 peace activists from more than 60 countries through its in-person Annual Peacebuilding Training Program and, most recently, through its Virtual Peacebuilding Training Program. MPI hopes that the knowledge and skills gained from these courses can contribute to building and sustaining peace writ large in Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Since 2014, MPI has included courses and modules on conflict sensitivity and the Do No Harm approach. How has MPI integrated and practiced these concepts in its programming? In this article, I offer my reflections and insights into this question based on conversations I have had with my colleagues and my experience working with MPI.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Program Officer for the Grassroots Peacebuilding Mentors Training Program

The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc., (MPI), a training institute whose goal is to empower individuals, institutions, and communities in the Asia-Pacific Region and beyond to be catalysts for peace and social transformation, is seeking a highly qualified individual, who will be in charge of the Grassroots Peacebuilding Mentors Training Program to actively plan and participate in project-related activities; support and communicate with the mentors, their supervisors, and other responsible staff in their organizations; take the lead in the monitoring, evaluation, assessment, and reporting of the project; and further develop the overall program concept. Candidates must have relevant working experience in mentoring, peacebuilding, and development, and come with strong critical analysis and communication skills. Candidates with a background in the Social Sciences, Anthropology, Peace and Conflict Studies, or Media and Communication Studies are preferred.

The position is located in Davao City, Philippines, and offers a competitive NGO salary and full benefits. MPI does not offer a moving allowance or housing benefits. Interested applicants should upload their letter of interest and curriculum vitae here: or deliver it to The Director at the MPI office, Apt. 301, Casa Graciana Inn, 6 Juna Avenue, Matina, Davao City, on or before 28 January 2022. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. You may pdf download the full job description here (214 KB) .

Please do not send any documents or other personally identifiable information to us through email or any other insecure form of communication.

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Intersections: Do No Harm, conflict sensitivity and living into peace

Intersections: Do No Harm, conflict sensitivity and living into peace

We are pleased to share that the Winter 2022 edition of Intersections, a publication of the Mennonite Central Committee, was compiled by MPI Board Member Grace Hercyk and includes an article by MPI's Peacebuilding Programs Coordinator, Rhea Silvosa. The theme of this issue is Do No Harm, conflict sensitivity and living into peace. Rhea's article is titled Conflict sensitivity, capacity building and peacebuilding education.

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