The World Bank and Community Family Services International (CFSI) have recently signed a grant agreement worth $4 million, aimed at providing economic support and promoting development in the Bangsamoro region of the Philippines.
The project will focus on strengthening agriculture, capacity building, infrastructure improvements, and the construction of community facilities, with the goal of stabilizing income, ensuring food security, and enhancing livelihoods for the communities of former Moro Islamic Liberation Front combatants and their families.
The initiative will also prioritize inclusivity by involving community members, particularly women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples, in decision-making processes.
The funds for this project will be sourced from the Bangsamoro Normalization Trust Fund, which was established to support the decommissioning of MILF combatants and extend development services in conflict-affected areas.
This initiative marks an important milestone in bringing critical services to the camp communities within the normalization process.