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Development cooperation in Myanmar

Development cooperation in Myanmar

NPA’s support to civil society in Myanmar focuses on two pillars: Democratisation and Peace. Throughout out all our work, we strive to support partners’ capacity to implement programmes that they have designed, according to their own political agenda, while strengthening their capacities and organizational development.

NPA is supporting various civil society organizations and networks that promote a peaceful and democratic society. Our partners’ projects wide range includes: peace and interim arrangements, accountability and transparency, local governance, Human Rights, women’s political empowerment, and social harmony. In various ways, they contribute to Myanmar becoming a more efficient, inclusive and accountable democracy.

The armed conflicts between various ethnic armed organisations and the Myanmar military started soon after the country’s Independence, in 1948. To date, stakeholders still struggle to find sustainable solutions to the deeply rooted cultural, religious, economic and political grievances. Some of the recently pacified regions are faced with the challenging implementation of interim arrangements, while some other regions are still affected by armed conflict.

An increasing anti-muslim sentiment, fueled by ethno-nationalist movements depicting them as a threat to national security, has led to the marginalization of some minority groups. The most dramatic illustration of this institutionalized use of violence and discrimination resulted in the Rohingya humanitarian disaster. Over 700,000 of them had to flee to the neighboring Bangladesh Myanmar to save their lives in 2017.

News from Myanmar:

Villagers demand to be heard in mine development project

When the people of Kyauk Kyi township in Myanmar discovered that their local government had approved a mining project on 70,000 acres of...
03.03.2016 | Julie Offerdal

Number of female MPs double after Myanmar election

After the Myanmar election, the number of women members of parliament has risen from 6 % to 13%. NPA partners have campaigned to get more...
14.01.2016 | Julie Offerdal

Providing education for ethnic minorities in Myanmar

Among Myanmar's ethnic minorities, few speak Burmese. NPA partner Mon National Education Committee provides education for the Mon&nb...
10.01.2016 | Jo Straube

For the prosperous future, Vote Women!

In the upcoming Myanmar Election, a local group supported by NPA is running a campaign to inspire more voters to vote for female candidates.
02.11.2015 |

Assisting flood affected Myanmar

Heavy rains in Myanmar have killed at least 88 people and affected more than 330,000. Food supplies have already been distributed to 25,0...
05.08.2015 | Tine Solberg Johansen

Peace through Inclusive Community Action in Mandalay

A new community center in Mandalay provides a space for communication and understanding between religious communities, political parties...
06.07.2015 | Emil Jeremic

Fast facts

NPA is one of the longest supporter to civil society in Myanmar, we opened our office in 2004 in Yangon, at the time of the military regime

NPA in Myanmar is among the very few international organizations with an explicit mandate to support civil society organisations and people’s movements.

NPA’s partners are present and/or operating in all States and Regions of Myanmar

Partners in Myanmar

Akhaya Women (Akhaya)

Advancing Life and Regenerating Motherland

Another Development

Association for Human Rights Defender and Promoters

Capacity Building Initiative

Committee for Internally Displaced Karen People

Equality Myanmar

Humanity Institute

Gaia Sustainable Management Institute

Kachin State CSO network

Karenni National Women’s Organisation (KNWO)

Mon National Education Committee

Mon Women's Organization (MWO)

Myanmar China Pipeline Watch Consortium

Myanmar Fifth Estate / Open Hluttaw

Myanmar Legal Aid Network

Paung Ku

Research Institute for Society and Ecology

Shalom Foundation (SF)

The Wings Institute

Women Can Do It (WCDI)

Yangon School of Political Science

Humanitarian Disarmament in Myanmar

The landmine problem in Myanmar is the result of decades of post-independence struggles for autonomy by ethnic minorities.