Football for Peace (Dula para sa Kalinaw)

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Football for Peace (Dula para sa Kalinaw)

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
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The Football for Peace Project is an offspring of several local initiatives a few years ago utilizing football as a means to promote cultural and tribal peace in Mindanao, Philippines. It aims to promote inter-cultural and inter-tribal peace and, at the same time, to reduce conflict vulnerabilities among them.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The main problem that the Football for Peace project hopes to address is the continuing armed conflict in the southern Philippines due to weak levels of cooperation and institutional capacities of peace-building institutions, and visible gaps in the implementation of conflict-resolution systems at the community levels.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The Football for Peace Project will bring together all institutions both from the government and the CSO concerned with both the sports (football) and conflict-resolution in order to achieve the common goal of promoting peace and reducing conflict vulnerabilities. The project is designed to be integrated in the long- term peace-building programs for muslim Mindanao by CSO's and inter-agencies networks. In addition to, it will develop a community-based approach in developing local talents in football which as a matter of fact is already becoming more and more popular in the rural areas of Mindanao thereby providing equal opportunities among the young populace. Lastly, the Football for Peace is the sum of all positive experiences and lessons learned out of the many local, less popular but similar initiatives carried out a few years ago by community-based groups.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

There are two major impacts that the project will bring: First, it will improve coordination, cooperation, and the state of peace-building institutions already in place, among different cultural minority groups and religious faithfuls in Mindanao. Next, the project will directly reduce conflict gaps and vulnerabilities among existing peace-building institutions and rural communities which are crucial to the delivery of justice and resolution of conflict among the people.
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A series of coordination meetings will be held between and among football clubs and institutions with concern and mandate on peace-building in Mindanao. Then an annual football tournament to cover three priority regions (Zamboanga Peninsula, Central and Northern Mindanao) where the identified problems are rampant will be held. The project grant will cover the coordination costs, promotions and prizes for the first year of implementation and other direct expenditures for the tournament proper.


By utilizing football, the young population from different religious faithfuls and cultural minority groups will be exposed to cultural transformation brought about by sportsmanship, dissolution of communication gaps, reduction of biases among cultures and beliefs. As a matter of output: 1) At least 5,000 young individuals from the three conflict-regions will come together and participate in the football for peace tournaments thereby increasing the number of people joining in the event. 2) Financial and other technical resources will increase for the initiative as several agencies with mandate on peace -building will be encouraged to invest in the project. 3) Several issues resulting from conflict such as child soldiers, limited economic opportunities, access to services will also reduce.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

For the first year, grant fund is needed to fully-implement the project. For the second and third years, local resources from NGO's and local government units can sustainably carry out the project.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Open armed conflict or any natural disaster and lack of funds could prevent the implementation of the project.

How many people will your project serve annually?


What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?


What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

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Is your initiative connected to an established organization?


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Ecolink Philippines

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

The Football for Peace project requires the cooperation among and between CSO's , government agencies and football clubs as well as business groups for the implementation of the project. Such partnerships are crucial to the development of local financial and technical resources which are necessary for the sustained implementation of the project in the coming years. Ecolink Philippines has already established partnerships with such organizations. It only needs to coordinate with them for the said initiative.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

Establish partnership with concerned agencies, then increase financial capacity, and finally improve skills and organization capabilities of volunteers.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

There have been several football tournaments held in Mindanao a few years ago. These tournaments are implemented by several organizations including Ecolink Philippines for the very same purposes and goals. The positive experiences however have not been translated into a high-impact project.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Paul Pastrano Gangoso, President and CEO of Ecolink Philippines has spent his whole life in Mindanao and has witnessed how conflicts have grown between religious and cultural sects over the past years. He himself as a football player, has been impressed with how football games reduce biases among individuals with different cultural and faith leanings. He hopes to further transform football into an effective tool for peace-building.

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