The Foundation’s office in Myanmar from 1958-1962 provided wide-ranging support for the country’s political, economic, social, and educational institutions. We re-established a resident country office in Yangon in 2013, working with partners in government, the private sector, and civil society to address Myanmar’s critical needs as it continues to undergo the challenging transition from military authoritarianism to democracy and from war to peace. Our work includes building the country’s capacity for regional and global integration; strengthening institutions and processes of democratic governance; contributing to informed dialogues on key issues related to the peace process; supporting initiatives for inclusive economic development; promoting women’s empowerment and political participation; and increasing public access to information.
Governance in Myanmar Discussion Paper Series
The Asia Foundation’s research on governance provides Myanmar’s policymakers, civil society organizations, the business community, and international development partners with data and analysis on subnational governance issues that directly inform policy and reform processes. Subnational governance issues under consideration range from decentralization and the evolving structures of local government to gender dynamics, economic governance, public sector reform, and public financial management.
Peace and Conflict in Myanmar Discussion Paper Series
The Asia Foundation’s research on conflict dynamics in Myanmar strengthens awareness of issues critical to the country’s challenging peace process. The research focuses on governance dynamics in contested areas, including social service provision and local public administration by ethnic armed groups, local justice systems, and the role and presence of militias. Research findings provide evidence and analysis to key stakeholders in Myanmar’s peace process — from government to ethnic armed group negotiating teams as well as civil society and the general public.
NEWS FROM MYANMAR
Policy Dialogue Brief Series No. 18: The Provision of Public Goods and Services in Urban Areas in Myanmar
March 29, 2017
Policy Dialogue Brief Series No. 17: Ethnic Armed Actors and Justice Provision in Myanmar
March 27, 2017
Elections and MaePaySoh (Let's Vote)
The Foundation conducted a national survey of civic knowledge and values in Myanmar just prior to the 2015 elections and found significant challenges, including limited public knowledge of government institutions and their functions. In response, we worked closely with the Union Election Commission, Myanmar CSOs, and Myanmar’s app developer community to generate the MaePaySoh (Let’s Vote) initiative, a voter education effort through mobile and web apps for the elections, providing crucial official election information to citizens.
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