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Equitable and accountable civic engagement in Myanmar

© Helvetas / Peter Schmidt

Myanmar is in the early stages of a transition to a more open government with greater citizen engagement, as stated in its development strategy. However, the practice of engaging communities in the design, delivery and quality assurance of public services is in its infancy, and support for it is patchy among politicians and civil servants. With this project, Helvetas supported equitable and accountable civic engagement in Myanmar.

  • Project Name
    PEACE – Promoting Equitable, Accountable, Civic Engagement in Myanmar
  • Project Phase
    2016 to 2020
  • Funding
    This project is co-funded by the European Union.
  • Thematic focus
    Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

Myanmar has a dynamic and diverse civil society. However, because of the country´s recent history, citizens lack knowledge and confidence to exercise their rights. Before the current transition, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) primarily engaged in advocacy and demonstrations, opposing the government, and in delivering services outside government channels. In contrast, CSOs have relatively little or no experience in implementing long-term development projects, and in constructively participating in dialogue with the government. In order to be successful in long-term projects and with different kinds of local authorities, local CSOs therefore need to enhance their knowledge, skills, and experiences.

The project PEACE contributes to enhance resources and strengthens capacities of local CSOs for an empowered and accountable civil society in Myanmar that embraces diversity, promotes social inclusiveness, accountability, transparency and civic responsibility.

TV Broadcast Panel Discussion PEACE | © Helvetas Myanmar
Final panel discussions of representatives of the PEACE project with two TV broadcast channels © Helvetas Myanmar
© Helvetas / Peter Schmidt
In Bago, the participating civil society actors are taught important techniques during a "Training of Trainiers" (ToT)... © Helvetas / Peter Schmidt
© Peter Schmidt / Helvetas
and in Mawlamyine, important civil society issues are also discussed and small loans are granted for civil commitment. © Peter Schmidt / Helvetas
© Peter Schmidt / Helvetas
As such, local civil society organizations have a more influential position at national and subnational level through our PEACE project. © Peter Schmidt / Helvetas
Campaign Covid19 Peace Project Myanmar | © Helvetas Myanmar
Together with our partners Partners, the Local Resource Center and the Partnership for Transparency Fund e.V, we support civil society organizations to reach out to communities with donations of hygiene materials and food... © Helvetas Myanmar
Covid 19 Campaign PEACE Project | © Helvetas Myanmar
...and information on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID19. © Helvetas Myanmar
Covid 19 Campaign PEACE Project Myanmar | © Helvetas Myanmar
© Helvetas Myanmar

PEACE strengthens the capacities of local CSOs in the long term. The project is able to play a more influential role at national and sub-national level and contributes to a more equitable development of Myanmar.

The project is funded by the European Union. More information on the EU representation in Myanmar can be found here.

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