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The Foundation's office in Myanmar from 1958-1962 supported a wide range of programs for Burmese institutions in reform and education. We re-established a resident country office in Yangon in 2013, working with partners in government, the private sector, and civil society to build the country's capacity for regional and global integration, strengthen institutions and processes of democratic governance, support initiatives for inclusive economic development, promote women's empowerment and political participation, and increase public access to information. Read country overview.

Subnational Governance in Myanmar Series

The Asia Foundation, together with Center for Economic and Social Development of the Myanmar Development Resource Institute (MDRI), launched a "Subnational Governance in Myanmar Discussion Paper Series" in February 2014. Now in its sixth volume, the papers provide Myanmar's policymakers at national and local levels, civil society organizations, the business community, and development partners with research findings on subnational governance issues that directly inform policy and reform processes. Download reports.

Explore our other Myanmar Publications

Peace & Conflict

Ethnic Conflict and Social Services in Myanmar's Contested Regions

Ethnic Armed Conflict and Territorial Administration in Myanmar

Ethnic Education and Mother Tongue-based Teaching in Myanmar

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Governance and Reform

Local Economic Governance in Myanmar

 Conceptualizing Public Sector Reform in Myanmar

 Catalyzing Subnational Development in Myanmar

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Surveys & Briefs

 Myanmar 2014: Civic Knowledge and Values in a Changing Society

Myanmar Library Survey

 Public Financial Management in Myanmar


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Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold Meets Myanmar President U Thein Sein

In October 2012, President David D. Arnold led an official delegation to Myanmar. During this historic visit, President Arnold called on the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein on October 23 in Nay Pyi Taw. Read more about the event or view a slideshow.

The Asia Foundation Hosts Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

In September 2012, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Member of Parliament, Burma and Chairperson and General Secretary, National League of Democracy, made her first Bay Area public remarks at The Asia Foundation. Read more about the event or watch the full event video.

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