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Myanmar

Rice for All

Myanmar is the sixth largest rice producing country in the world, but the second most vulnerable country in terms of vulnerability to extreme weather events related to climate change. Its impact is causing increasingly severe damage throughout the sector, making climate-smart farming methods all the more important...
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About the Helvetas country program in Myanmar

Helvetas Myanmar is part of a network of independent development organizations. With head offices in Switzerland, Germany and the USA, Helvetas is working in 29 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. As a learning organization we bring real change in the lives of over three million disadvantaged people every year and implement development projects in the areas of water and sanitation, agriculture and nutrition, education, economic development, democracy and peace, and climate and the environment. After disasters, we also provide humanitarian response.

Our Projects in Myanmar 

Our topics in Myanmar

Education and Vocational Skills

Lack of education perpetuates inequality because poor countries cannot compete economically without a skilled workforce.

Private Sector Development

Youth need access to reliable, fairly paid jobs to break the cycle of poverty. Helvetas creates partnerships and promotes policies that build more inclusive economies.

Food & Nutrition

Helvetas works to combat the world’s hunger problem by connecting disadvantaged women and men to stable supplies of affordable, nutritious and healthy food.

Climate & Disaster Resilience

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people in adapting to climate change, reducing the risks of disasters, sustainably managing natural resources, and conserving nature.

Humanitarian Response

In recent years there has been a global rise in disasters. Earthquakes, droughts, floods and cyclones turn years of development progress to dust overnight.

Joint INGO Statement on the unfolding crisis in Myanmar 

INGOs released a joint statement on the unfolding political crisis in Myanmar. The statement which was endorsed by 32 INGOs operating in Myanmar highlights the potential immediate and longer-term impacts of the military seizure of power on the safety, rights and wellbeing of people across Myanmar, particularly those already experiencing vulnerability and marginalization. INGOs reiterated their commitment and support for civil society partners, local community groups, and national civil society networks. INGOs call on all stakeholders to respect the fundamental human rights of all people in Myanmar, including freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of speech, and free flow of information, and to refrain from all forms of violence against peaceful protestors, journalists and media workers. The letter highlighted the critical role NGOs play in providing assistance and services during these challenging times and calls upon all relevant authorities to ensure humanitarian access for national and international stakeholders.

Global Commitment - Our working Areas

Our Working Principles and Approaches

We strive for a fairer world in which everyone can fulfill their basic needs. We support people in taking charge of improving their livelihoods sustainably.

Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

In many countries where we work, men and women are unable to claim their rights and participate actively in decision-making processes.

WASH & Water Governance

The most vulnerable communities suffer from dirty and scarce water. Annually we help up to 500,000 people get new access to drinking water and basic sanitation.
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Bridges & Roads

Lack of transport infrastructure makes it impossible for the poor to escape the poverty trap. We help people get better access to markets, schools and hospitals.

Gender & Social Equity

Helvetas makes sure that our work actively and meaningfully includes and supports the most disadvantaged groups.

Urban Engagement

In 1960, only 1/3 of the global population lived in cities. Today, it’s 55% and growing. Helvetas looks for ways to ensure that this rapid urbanization benefits the poor and the marginalized.

Travel around the World with our Stories

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Welcome Home

Hospitality has a long tradition for the Red Dao in the northern highlands of Vietnam. Thanks to sustainable tourism, it should now also give rural communities an income.

Where Tea Grows on Trees

In the mountainous hinterland of Laos, tea leaves are picked at high altitudes.

A Farmer’s Daughter Goes to College

Read how the Chakma family, with the support of Helvetas, has set up a tree nursery and thus freed themselves from poverty.