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A History of MPI


First Annual Peacebuilding Training

Deng Giguiento facilitating a courseMPI’s conducts its first Annual Peacebuilding Training. This Annual Peacebuilding Training has been conducted every year since then, generally in the month of May, but often into June.

Young professionals join MPI as secretariat volunteers, documenting courses and assisting the facilitators.



First Field-Based Courses

Participants outside during field-based course in 2003MPI includes community immersion called “field-based” courses in its curriculum.


First Year of Scholarships

2005 participants in small group, including a religious sisterWomen, youth, indigenous peoples, religious and community leaders begin to receive scholarships to attend MPI’s Annual Peacebuilding Training.



Military Professionals Attend MPI’s Annual Peacebuilding Training

Military professionals attend MPI’s Annual Peacebuilding Training for the first time.


Incorporation of MPI

MPI SEC registration

MPI is incorporated as a legal Not-for-Profit foundation in the Philippines.



Collaboration Develops with NARPI

NARPI Logo: globe held in hand under a leafMPI is invited to serve as an Advisory Member of the Steering Committee of the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI) and to assist in the development of NARPI as a peacebuilding training institute in NEA.

MPI invites the first NARPI facilitator to facilitate at MPI’s Annual Peacebuilding Training, starting the practice to invite NARPI facilitators on a yearly basis.


Phase One of MPI's Resource-Based Conflict and Peacebuilding Training Program

Indigenous leaders and reps at table negotiatingPhase One of the Resource-Based Conflict and Peacebuilding Training Program, accompanying Subanen and Higaunon tribal leaders in resolving and transforming resource-based conflict through nonviolent, just and participatory processes begins.



MPI develops an enhanced website


September 2013

MoU with Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown College Banner

MPI signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, USA.

September 2013


Phase Two of the Resource-Based Conflict and Peacebuilding Training Program

Indigenous Leaders presiding over opening prayer/ritual

Phase Two of the Resource-Based Conflict and Peacebuilding Training Program, focusing on building Indigenous Peoples' capacities in conflict transformation through collaborative decision-making, and enabling them to engage on an equal footing with other stakeholders for the development of their Ancestral Domains.

August 2014

Exchange with NARPI

NARPI Participants during cultural night in local attire

MPI sends its staff for the first time to attend the NARPI 2014 Summer Training, followed by MPI staff attending in 2016 and 2019.

August 2014

May 2015

MoA with forumZFD

forumzfd logo

MPI signs a Memorandum of Agreement with Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst (forumZFD) in Davao City, to collaborate for secretariat assistance during the MPI 2015 Annual Peacebuilding Training.

April 2016

Letter of Agreement with KAICIID


MPI signs a Letter of Agreement with the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in Vienna, Austria, to jointly conduct two courses for the KAICIID International Fellows Programme for Southeast Asia at the MPI 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training.

April 2016

May 2016

MoU with Solomon Islands

Christine Vertucci and Peter May signing MoU

MPI signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the Solomon Islands' Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) to collaborate in peacebuilding training (this was changed to the Ministry of Traditional Governance, Peace and Ecclesiastical Affairs in 2019).

September 2016

Elizabethtown College Students Conduct Survey for MPI

Elizabethtown College Students at Conference Presenting MPI Research

Students and teaching assistants of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology's Research Methods and Statistical Analysis course of Elizabethtown College collaborate on a year-long community-based research project with MPI. The students design a research project examining the profiles, satisfaction, current work in peacebuilding, and suggestions for improvement of alumni throughout the world who have participated in the training program.

September 2016

October 2016

First MPI Alumni Reunion in Timor-Leste is Held

November 2016

Youth Political Leadership Training

Youth in an activity around a tableYouth Political Leadership Training is conducted jointly with International Alert Philippines in Davao City.

November 2016

October 2017

MPI Alumni Reunion Indonesia

Indonesian Alumni with MPI Alumni Outreach Coordinator Mely LengkongFirst MPI alumni reunion in Indonesia is held, followed by a second one in December, with the eventual establishment of the Lembaga Perdamaian Indonesia (Indonesia Peacebuilding Institute) by MPI Indonesian alumni in 2018.

March 2018

Alumni Reunion in Mindanao

MPI Alumni standing around table during meal timeFirst MPI alumni reunion in Mindanao is held in Midsayap, followed by additional reunions in other parts of Mindanao in 2019.

March 2018

May 2018

Islamic and Interfaith Peacebuilding Reflection

Three prayer leaders on floor with prayer mats

Islamic and Interfaith Peacebuilding Reflection is held in Davao City in collaboration with Mensen met een Missie of the Netherlands.

May 2018

Grassroots Peacebuilding Mentors Training Program

Grassroots Peacebuilding Mentors looking at table with cards during an activity

MPI begins the three-year Grassroots Peacebuilding Mentors Training Program, training both Filipino and international grassroots peacebuilders to be mentors in their organizations and communities.

May 2018

September 2018

World Conference of Religions for Peace Japan Learning Tour

Learning tour participants praying at a memorial

World Conference of Religions for Peace Japan learning tour is organized by MPI in Davao City.

January 2019

First MPI Alumni Reunion in India is Held

Reunion participants with candles

January 2019

February 2019

Adolescent and Youth Peacebuilding Training of Trainers

Youth in circle activity

MPI jointly organizes the Adolescent and Youth Peacebuilders Training of Trainers with UNICEF in Davao City.

March 2019

MoU with Canadian Mennonite University

CMU logo with text below

MPI signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian Mennonite University to collaborate on mutually beneficial peacebuilding opportunities.

March 2019

June 2019

MPI Hosts BoT of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia

Members of United Board Board of Trustees

MPI hosts the Board of Trustees of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia which is located in Hong Kong for a session on Peace Education in Davao City.

July 2019

MPI Hosts Public Dialogue with MPI Alumnus Shecku Kawusu Mansaray

Guiamel Alim with Shecku Kawusu Mansaray

MPI and the Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia of the Ateneo de Davao University organize a public dialogue with MPI alumnus Shecku Kawusu Mansaray entitled Peace Work in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone.

July 2019

October 2019

Specialized Trainings for Teachers with forumZFD

MPI signs a Memorandum of Agreement with Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst (forumZFD) in Davao City, to jointly organize two specialized trainings for teachers, integrating peace and conflict topics in political science curricula in the region of Davao.

January 2020

Rotary Peace Fellow Intern Conducts Research for MPI in Lao PDR

Phyusin Ngwethaw

MPI alumna and facilitator Phyusin Ngwethaw joined MPI as an intern through the Rotary Peace Fellowship with the University of Queensland, Australia, and condcuted research in Lao PDR to learn how MPI alumni there utilize what they learned at MPI in their work and what MPI could do better.

January 2020

September – December 2020

MPI Goes Online


With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancelation of MPI's 2020 in-person Annual Peacebuilding Training, MPI adapts and conducts its first series of online/virtual courses, including a coolborative effort with Canadian Mennonite University.

2021 and 2022

Collaborative Effort with NP and JNC

Group of logos for the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Incorporated, Nonviolent Peaceforce. the Joint Normalization Committee, and the European Union

MPI entered into cooperation with Nonviolent Peaceforce and the Joint Normalization Committee to conduct two online trainings, one on Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, and the other on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. The trainings were funded by the European Union.

2021 and 2022

2022 and 2023

First trainings outside the Philippines


In 2022 and 2023, MPI organized its first trainings outside the Philippines. The training in 2022 was organized for the teachers from universities in Indonesia, and the training was facilitated by MPI alumni that formed the Lembaga Perdamaian Indonesia (Indonesia Peacebuilding Institute).

In India, MPI collaboarted with the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia to organize a Peace Education course for teachers connected to the United Board.

October 2022

MOA with JPIC – Timor Leste

Christine Vertucci and JPIC Executive President of JPIC Fr. Julio Crispim Ximenes Belo signing an MoAMPI signs a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Justiça, Paz e Integridade da Criação de Timor-Leste (JPIC-Timor Leste) during the 2022 Annual Peacebuilding Training.

October 2022