Unlocking Mindanao’s Potential
- Mindanao has two faces – one showing the prosperous side boosted by good infrastructure, better educational and health services, a dynamic private sector, and the presence of world-class agribusiness companies, while the other face requires addressing poor infrastructure, inadequate services, weak local governance and private sector, and simmering armed conflict affecting many towns and cities.
- Poverty and armed conflict are inextricably linked. Conflict exacerbates poverty by constraining delivery of basic services and destroying the infrastructure that is important for generating economic activity and jobs. Consequently, the conflict-affected regions are also where the most severe forms of poverty in the Philippines can be found. This situation has created a vicious cycle of conflict, leading to a lack of investment that hampers economic growth and limits economic opportunities. Combined with weak institutions of governance, this drives poverty and inequality, in turn fueling the conflict.
- The World Bank supports a large program of activities in Mindanao, including providing social protection to poor families, empowering communities through community-driven development, promoting social cohesion and strengthening institutions, upgrading of infrastructure, improving the quality of education, increasing the productivity of farmers and fisherfolk, and peacebuilding.