Programs and Services
ICPeace was conceived in 2008 from the
then 12 year-old journey of Balay Mindanaw.
With the vision of Equity, Development
and Peace in Mindanao, in the Philippines and in the World, Balay Mindanaw has
for its mission to help build empowered and sustainable communities and helping
And it is exactly from the above vision
and mission of Balay Mindanaw that ICPeace envisions to be recognized and valued
as an international center for peace initiatives, a center that develops,
promotes and sustains peace works and practices based on the knowledge, lessons
and experiences of local people and communities.
Thus, ICPeace is committed to help build
capacities of peoples by offering a sustainable learning environment capable of
helping transform peoples and communities.
ICPeace conducts peace courses and
training activities at the regional and international level, will initiate and
pursue Asian exchanges and exposures, conduct researches and studies, policy
discussion series and continue peace advocacy. ICPeace endeavors to help sustain
the momentum of peace builders, local and international alike, to ensure that
peace happens here and now.
With “ICPeace” (as its acronym
connotes), Balay Mindanaw will continue to work so that peace can be seen. More
and more peace builders are making it happen and will make it happen in this
part of the region and in other part of the globe.
Specifically, ICPeace aims at
- helping develop capacities of peoples
and communities in resolving conflicts and transforming them positively,
- helping create opportunities for
learning and strengthen peaceful relationships,
- helping provide venues for innovative
approaches in seeking peaceful means,
- helping develop studies and researches
by identifying models of peace building and conflict transformation based on
peace practice, and
- helping foster collaboration and
sustain the momentum of peacebuilders working at the local, national and
Peace Education and Training -
ICPeace develops educational approaches
in building peace and conflict transformation and initiates other learning
activities which will pursue and support the peace building activities that
Balay Mindanaw started 2004. It implements the Comprehensive course on peace
building and conflict transformation, otherwise known as the Operation Peace
Course, dubbed as OPKORS!
Peace Constituency Building -
The strength of ICPeace lies in the
foundation of Balay Mindanaw that is grounded on community-based development and
peacebulding work from where unique local knowledge and realities are derived,
developed and demonstrated. It draws heavily from the learning experiences of
communities of local leaders, government officials, tribal leaders, police,
soldiers and paramilitary officers, NGO workers, youth and religious, business
and academic institutions. They will all form part of a social movement of peace
Peace Research and Resource Development -
The unique local knowledge and lessons
learned will be contextualized into the bigger peace building field through the
establishment of the ICPeace thus, greater opportunities for creative &
constructive models in peacebuilding and conflict transformation will be
developed and promoted.
Peace Internship and Exchange-
A Peace Internship and Exchange Program,
facilitated by Balay Mindanaw ICPeace, is envisioned to be a new learning
program for young peace workers and advocates. It will allow them to be exposed
to various peace work assignments depending on the needs of their respective
host peace centers or peace institutes all over the world. It will supplement
Balay Mindanaw’s peace education program and the program of the organization
of the intern with the emphasis on expanding spaces for new ideas as well as
actual experiences on peace and conflict transformation and broadening
understanding among various peace organizations.
Peace Center Development-
ICPeace is also an established place and
an open space dedicated to the peoples and communities in Mindanao and in the
World as they continue to empower themselves and strive to attain equity,
development and peace.