Bityala Kanu Mapyan (Conversation for the Common Good)
Al Qalam Institute in partnership with Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD)-Philippines initiated a conversation that aims to provide a space for dialogue among stakeholders, civil society organizations (CSOs) and other sectors to connect, collaborate, and hopefully to work together as initial steps for an inclusive development in Maguindanao. This program is dubbed as Bityala sa Maguindanao. This is a series of five (5) focus group discussions that was conducted in the
province of Maguindanao primarily because Maguindanao is the regional center of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The program ran from October 2015 – March 2016.
The series aimed to initiate discussion among key young Maguindanao Muslim and non-Muslim professionals to further enhance and strengthen the culture of dialogue and cultural discourse among middle class of the society. Moreover, the series focused on a small group of targeted individuals and organizations. Specifically, the series aimed to:
The topics of discussion in the series were as follows:
All of these discussions were actively participated by young Muslim intellectuals, traditional leaders and CSO leaders (Muslim & non-Muslim) around Maguindanao with the help of our local partner organization Action for Advancement and Development of Mindanao (AFADMIN).
The organizer hopes that the snowball effect would produce concrete programs and activities in the different sectors, institutions, and communities in Maguindanao.