The Foundation’s office in Myanmar from 1958-1962 provided wide-ranging support for the country’s political, economic, social, and educational institutions. We reestablished 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 the challenging transition from military authoritarianism to democracy and from conflict 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 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
The building blocks of peace to solve long-running subnational conflicts
Myanmar is home to some of the world’s longest-running subnational conflicts, some lasting 70+ years. So widespread are these conflicts, they affect up to a third of the country. With support from USAID, we developed a curriculum on Fiscal Federalism in Myanmar to help improve the technical policy depth of peace process stakeholders to negotiate solutions to how the fiscal arrangements should work in a future federal and democratic system. A recent survey we conducted revealed a broad need for better awareness of Myanmar’s current system of government among many of Myanmar’s peace process stakeholders. To address this issue, we trained 230+ peace process stakeholders—including 10 ethnic armed organizations, political parties, the government, MPs, and think tanks supporting negotiations—to advance potential policy solutions.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
Trade in the Sulu Archipelago: Informal Economies Amidst Maritime Security Challenges
October 31, 2019
Forbes Op-Ed Examines ASEAN Regional Development Cooperation
October 30, 2019
Mobilizing Changemakers for our Sustainable Future
Meet Akshat Singhal and Sohara Mehroze, two of our 2019 Asia Foundation Development Fellows.