MBLP Overview

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The overall objective of the program is to build a cadre of Bridging Leaders in Mindanao, who can address issues like peace, education, health, land conflicts, poverty, and poor local governance, among others.  It has two key components:  Leadership Formation and Institutional Development.

Leadership Formation

This Leadership Formation component is an intensive Fellowship for leaders that is anchored on the Bridging Leadership Framework as the appropriate leadership approach for addressing complex societal inequities. Essentially, the Fellowship’s goal is to develop socially responsible Bridging Leaders who are able to look at a problem, understand its complexity and develop a collaborative response to address it, in order to reach societal equity that is sustained by institutions and stakeholders that are transformed toward greater responsiveness and participation.

In this component, 45 Fellows will be trained in two cohorts to improve their capacity to achieve their leadership goals within the context of the issue they seek to resolve. They will undergo training courses to merge Bridging Leadership theory and practice, discuss real-world cases and personal experiences, and go through mentoring sessions with local academic institutions and development professionals – all partners of the Center. They will also participate in learning events with veteran development practitioners, and enjoy improved access to resource institutions.

In particular, the Asian Institute of Management-TeaM Energy Center (AIM-TEC) will provide the following support to the Fellows:

  1. Technical input on the Bridging Leadership Framework, its related concepts and skills such as systems thinking, stakeholder analysis, generative dialogue, and the like;
  2. Mentoring and coaching as the Fellows work towards leading their organizations and communities in planning and implementing their programs;
  3. Technical input on various approaches to sustaining, monitoring, and evaluating their programs; and
  4. Enabling the Center’s network to assist Fellows in the mobilization and management of resources and networks for enhanced implementation of the Fellows’ programs.

This component specifically targets leaders who are committed to addressing Local Governance concerns throughout conflict-affected areas in Muslim Mindanao through multi-stakeholder and inclusive processes.

Institutional Development

An equally important component to the MBLP is the development of local academic institutions to provide Bridging Leadership training to leaders who will be part of the Fellowship.

Through this approach, the development of leaders will happen at a much closer, more efficient, and more contextual level, than if the capacity building occurred or was centralized at the AIM or at the Center. Also, local academic institutions are better equipped to provide Bridging Leadership training in the local dialect and to incorporate local and culturally-effective elements to the course.

These local academic institutions will be in a position to train and form these leaders in Bridging Leadership by being purposively engaged in the training and execution of the cohorts of Bridging Leaders.

The model for institutional engagement in the cohorts starts with the institutions collaborating to identify and then train co-trainors for the first cohort of Fellows, alongside AIM-TEC faculty and resource persons. The successive cohorts should see the local institutions as co-convenors and organizers of the capacity building activities under the MBLP, with the Center serving as main coordinator and facilitator.

The local institutions will be expected to adapt the Bridging Leadership Framework into an even more local context, as well as develop mechanisms for coordination, both between the different local institutions and also with the leaders they are training and supporting. In order to sustain their interventions, these institutions will work hand in hand with the Center to create knowledge and training materials, and even academic research, in the subject.

In order for the local institutions to support Leadership Formation, most of the Institutional Development will precede the conduct of the first cohort.

Outputs and Outcomes

The committed outcomes and outputs of the MBLP are captured below:

Outcome Output

To deliver beneficial and positive impact to the lives of the people in the conflict-affected areas of Mindanao where each of the 45 Bridging Leaders serve]

  1. Development of 45 Bridging Leaders
  2. 4 workshops per cohort
  3. 3 coaching sessions per cohort

Development of multi-stakeholder projects leading to new institutional arrangements

  1. At least 15 joint projects (to a maximum of 45 individual projects) plans of action developed and piloted during the Fellowship
  2. Regular monitoring & evaluation
  3. Program practicum & evaluation

Development of at least 4 institutional partners and capacity building institutions in Mindanao

  1. A minimum of 15 Bridging Leadership trainors
  2. A minimum of 4 local institutional partners
  3. Development of contextualized materials for teaching Bridging Leadership
  4. Development of sustainability plan for institutions to continue BL capacity building after the project ends