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State and Region Governments in Myanmar

9:30 am – 11:30 am
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Root Room, 2nd Floor
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Registration & coffee will begin at 9:00 am.
Remarks will begin promptly at 9:30 am.

The Asia Foundation is pleased to invite you to a presentation of the findings of a major new study on subnational governance, entitled “State and Region Governments in Myanmar.”

In the past year, Myanmar has embarked on a path of reform and openness. In an effort to better understand subnational governance in Myanmar, The Asia Foundation has completed a study on state and region governments created under the 2008 Constitution and their relationship with broader governance, peace, and decentralization processes. The study analyzes a variety of critical questions. What is the constitutional, legal, and institutional framework for state and region government, and what is the policy direction of decentralization reform? What are the outcomes of these reforms in the states and regions, and how do they vary? What challenges, opportunities, and paths forward might there be to improve subnational statebuilding, service delivery, and conflict management in Myanmar?

While these new subnational governments have begun to open up more political space, they face significant limitations. The emergence of elected representative bodies at this level is a major reform, yet these regional parliaments, or hluttaws, face major capacity constraints.

Authors of the study, Dr. Matthew Arnold, a Senior Program Officer with the Foundation’s conflict and state fragility program in Bangkok, governance specialist Dr. Hamish Nixon, and Dr. Zaw Oo, Executive Director of Myanmar Development Resource Institute’s Center for Economic and Social Development (MDRI-CESD) will discuss core challenges to decentralization and provide their perspectives on the evolution of subnational governance in Myanmar.

The study is supported by a Program Partnership Agreement with the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

RSVPs are required as seating is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, October 18th to Ms. Ellie Matthews at ematthews@asiafound-dc.org or 202-292-5002.

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