Australia has been a strong supporter of peace and development in Mindanao for over 20 years, working with the Philippine Government, local governments, multilateral and non-governmental organisations to build resilience in communities affected by conflict.
With Australian support, International Alert established the Critical Events Monitoring System (CEMS), an SMS-based monitoring tool that tracks incidents and tensions in communities that could lead to violence. CEMS is used by the Early Response Network (ERN), a group of men and women scattered around the Bangsamoro, who share real-time information and work with local governments, key agencies, the security sector, and religious and traditional leaders in coordinating quick and context-specific responses to conflict, disasters, and displacement.
Members of International Alert’s ERN share the story on how CEMS was instrumental in preventing an escalation of conflict in a remote community in Madamba, Lanao del Sur.
Feature photo from https://www.international-alert.org/ru/news/bangsamoro-election-tensions-will-create-new-strings-conflict