M&E for Peace

Dr. Acram A. Latiph

Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao, MSU Main Campus, Marawi

The Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao participated in the International Seminar on Impact Measurement Workshop for PVE Practitioners held at the Novotel Ploenchit Bangkok, Thailand sponsored by the UNDP on 15-17 March 2023. IPDM shared its extensive research, experiences, findings, and studies on preventing and countering violent extremism, especially in the Bangsamoro. The prestigious events composed of many international experts on PCVE throughout the world.

UNDP will organize a workshop to enable Country Offices and partners—in government, civil society, academia and private sector as relevant—with expertise and experience of building M&E systems for peace, to share lessons from their existing successful work. The purpose of this peer-learning exchange is to help to sustain, scale, and replicate existing accomplishments on M&E.

The main aim of the workshop is to build the capacity of UNDP Country Office staff and partners in the Asia Pacific region on how to support effective M&E systems, through peer-learning from proven successes in the region. Using the recommendations from the 2019 Amman Forum as a starting point of each session, this regional M&E for PVE workshop aims to strengthen:

Collaboration among government and civil society stakeholders in countries represented, through ‘country case study’ presentations delivered as ‘whole-of-society’ country ‘delegations.’
Regional networking, by bringing together countries across the region, to share and learn together.
Forward-looking guidance on how development partners can provide relevant support to help scale and spread identified effective practices.


In order to ensure peer-to-peer learning, and actionable outcomes, this regional workshop will be:
Demand-driven: Designed to meet learning needs identified by a survey of UNDP Country Office participants, and validated in preparatory discussions.

Practical: Structured around the experience of participants actively involved in achieving EU/UNDP PVE-project supported ‘M&E successes, and focused on ‘nuts and bolts’ actionable insights such as what to do, with or by whom, at what time, through which approach, etc.

Action-oriented: Sessions will be co-delivered by government, civil society, academic and (as relevant) private sector partners to model effective (integrated, participatory, ‘whole-of-society’) approaches to M&E ‘in action’—and allow diverse stakeholders to speak to their own experience, needs, challenges and insights on how UNDP and partners can promote evidence-based action through M&E.

Collaborative: Moderators and session leads will be prepared with background information and guidance to support discussion that brings complementary insights from all participants.

Innovative, inclusive and held in partnership: Each session will highlight innovative approaches, strategies to promote inclusion and ensure that no-one is left behind; and how to leverage partnerships in M&E.
Speakers at all sessions will include not only presenters from the focus country but also other regional and global experts.

All speakers and participants are encouraged to focus discussions on measurement, data, monitoring and evaluation noting the regional reflections days following this workshop will provide a platform for program and project learnings.

About the author

The institute for peace and development in Mindanao (IPDM) was created by the MSU Board of Regents during its 182nd Meeting on December 7, 2001. The institute assumed the functions of two defunct units: the Muslim Christian Center for Peace Studies and the Muslim Mindanao Development Institute. It is now the central coordinating unit for all existing peace and development programs of the campuses of the University. MSU was established on September 1, 1961 as one of the government responses to the so-called “Mindanao problem.” The problem includes a violent struggle of segments of the Filipino Muslim population to redress long-standing grievances and assert Muslim selfhood and identity in the face of real and imagined threats of cultural and spiritual assimilation by the majority Filipino Christian population. The University was mandated to accelerate the “integration” of the cultural communities in Mindanao into the mainstream body politic and to accelerate the development of its service areas through instruction, research, and extension. In the pursuit of these objectives, the University also seeks to infuse spiritual and moral values, national consciousness and solidarity, and mutual understanding among Filipinos, which are necessary for peaceful coexistence and sustainable development. IPDM was therefore, created with the expectation that it would contribute to the easing of tensions and the promotion of justice and peace between Filipino Muslims and Christian by expanding knowledge, improving understanding and heightening sensitivity in relations between the peoples of Mindanao in particular, and the Philippines in general.