This month NICO were delighted to host a FCO funded study visit for four professionals from the Philippines who have been studying in the UK during 2015 as part of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship programme. The global Chevening programme is funded by the UK Government and is designed to offer financial support to potential future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers to study for a Master’s degree at one of the UK’s leading universities and the opportunity to become part of an influential and highly regarded global network. The FCO were keen that the group from the Philippines took time out during their university study, to visit Northern Ireland where many parallels can be drawn between the Peace process and Good Friday Agreement and the Philippine Government/Mindanao Liberation Front peace process.

Left to right the participants are Mr Junefe Payot, Dr Albert Domingo, Gareth McGrath, Director of Clerking and Reporting, NI Assembly, John Stewart, Director of Information and Outreach, NI Assembly,  Ms Armi Beatriz Bayot and Ms Maharlika Alonto

Left to right the participants are Mr Junefe Payot, Dr Albert Domingo, Gareth McGrath, Director of Clerking and Reporting, NI Assembly, John Stewart, Director of Information and Outreach, NI Assembly, Ms Armi Beatriz Bayot and Ms Maharlika Alonto

During the intensive 2 day visit, the delegation met with a number of organisations including the Northern Ireland Assembly, NGO’s and community based services that have been fundamental during the peace process through supporting post conflict rehabilitation, development and inclusion who provided the group with a holistic and comprehensive understanding of the significance of a negotiated political settlement as a step towards sustainable conflict resolution and development.

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