Mindanao Young Leaders Programme
UnionAIDs Mindanao Young Leaders Programme is for emerging young leaders from civil society organisations in Mindanao, The Philippines. 2019 is the inaugural year of the Mindanao Young Leaders Programme. The programme is based on similar young leaders programmes run by UnionAID for young leader’s from Myanmar and eastern Indonesia, but designed with local advice on the particular needs of the Mindanao.
This year 8 participants will be selected from a range of CSOs in Mindanao, The Philippines to spend four months in New Zealand learning about community organising, good governance, Māori development and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, gender justice, environmental management, with the aim of developing young leaders with the skills, knowledge and confidence to be leaders in sustainable and peaceful development in their communities and the wider Mindanao region.
The programme will be delivered by UnionAID in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington, and will involve a range of trips and visits to other organisations and parts of New Zealand. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their own special interest and implement a ‘change’ project in their community on returning home, as well as develop an alumni network for ongoing support and learning.
The Mindanao Young Leaders Programme will expose participants to new ideas and institutions in New Zealand, giving them the opportunity to think critically about how they could apply these to the work they do at home. It will further build their research, evaluation, presentation and communication skills. Participants will work together across ethnic, religious and gender lines to build unity and understanding.
The Mindanao Young Leaders Programme is funded by the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as part of its Aid Programme in The Philippines. The programme is managed and run by UnionAID in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington and International Alert (an international peace-building organisation operating in Mindanao).