Our work in Myanmar in 2020 included efforts to strengthen institutions, contribute to informed dialogues on the peace process, support initiatives for inclusive economic development, promote women’s empowerment, and increase public access to information. In early 2021, Myanmar experienced a military coup and protests ensued, creating instability and uncertainty in the country.

Mark McDowell,
Country Representative

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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.


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.


2020 Annual Report

Addressing the global crisis