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.