Manila Conference 2019: Pathways to Peace and Development in the Philippines

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 10 July 2019 to Thursday 11 July 2019


The Loft, Arete, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines
Quezon City Philippines


H.E Steven J. Robinson AO


Sophiya Navarro
(02) 426 6001 local 4643


The Manila Conference is a major activity of the Australian National University (ANU) - Philippines Project. Through this biennial conference, the ANU Philippines Project seeks to promote high-level policy discussions and academic engagements on important strategic issues between Australia and the Philippines. The first Manila Conference was held in 2017 in partnership with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). This year, the Manila Conference is being held in partnership with the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), Ateneo de Manila University.

Conference background

Fostering peace in the restive South and sustaining economic growth in the Philippines have been the bright spots of the Duterte administration’s first three years. To build upon these strengths, building peace and equitable development in the Philippines within the remaining period of the current administration has become even more important. Considering this context, the Philippines Project of the Australian National University and the Ateneo School of Government through the Ateneo Policy Center will hold “The Manila Conference 2019: Pathways to Peace and Development in the Philippines” on July 10-11, 2019, at The Loft, Arete, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.

The Manila Conference 2019 seeks to chart the peace and development pathways of the Philippines in the next three years and beyond. This is in light of the ongoing implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao, slow rebuilding and development efforts in the aftermath of the Marawi Siege, and high inflation and rising unemployment despite robust economic growth being experienced by the country.

In particular, the conference will focus on three points. First, the Conference aims to interrogate the nature and basis of peace and development in the Philippines with emphasis on exploring policy measures geared towards particular outcomes. Second, the Conference aims to examine the impact of political re-ordering that has taken place under Duterte and the outcomes of the recent midterm national and local elections in pushing for a genuine and inclusive agenda for peace and development. Third, the Conference will tackle peace and development in the regions, in particular the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) within the context of local governance and their relationship with the national government, as well as proposals for federalism.

The Manila Conference 2019 will draw from a wide range of perspectives and will provide a platform for academic and policy discussion between Philippine and Australian academics, policymakers and practitioners on important economic, political and security issues.

The full conference program can be accessed HERE.

Panel sessions

Panel 1. Update on the Philippine Economy

Panel 2. Update on the Philippine Political Landscape

Panel 3. Regional Security and the ASEAN

Panel 4. Growth and Local Governance in the Regions

Panel 5. Peacebuilding, Security, and the Development in the Bangsamoro

This forum is open and free to the public but seats are limited. To reserve your seats, please email or call (02) 426 6001 local 4643.

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