The Facility for Advisory Support for Transition Capacities (FASTRAC) provides support for an inclusive Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace process and the establishment of the Bangsamoro in Southern Philippines. FASTRAC is a joint United Nations and World Bank facility, with funding support from bilateral partners. Current funding support includes the Governments of Australia and New Zealand.
FASTRAC provides on-demand access to a pool of experts, training, capacity building, policy advice, research and international exchanges in response to requests from the Transition Commission, the GPH and MILF panels, other transitional institutions and civil society groups. This technical support is for key issues relevant to the drafting of the Basic Law and the processes leading to the formation of the Bangsamoro. It helps address key issues for the Bangsamoro transition such as governance, public administration, justice, combatant transition and security. Priority areas of support are determined by the MILF, GPH and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission.
In addition to technical advice, FASTRAC is supporting community outreach, communication strategies and public consultations to ensure that the new Basic Law reflects the views of communities across the Bangsamoro. FASTRAC provides support to local actors and civil society to articulate expectations and priorities for the role of institutions in the transition to Bangsamoro.
A Consultative Committee, which includes representatives of both parties to the Framework Agreement, provides strategic guidance to FASTRAC, agrees through consensus on priorities for support (reflected in quarterly work plans) and oversees the work of FASTRAC.
FASTRAC coordinates closely with the International Contact Group (ICG) and the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in providing technical assistance for the implementation of the Framework Agreement.
Development partner participation in the FASTRAC is welcomed, either through the provision of expertise, or direct financing of the FASTRAC secretariat itself. This collaboration will help to better integrate and manage international technical support to the peace process, create a critical mass of expert input, and reduce transaction costs.
The FASTRAC Secretariat is based in Cotabato City. The Facility is expected to run until 2016.