About UNDP in Myanmar
UNDP has been providing development assistance to the people of Myanmar since the 1950s. UNDP operated under a restricted mandate from 1993 until 2012 implementing the Human Development Initiative programme which provided assistance directly to communities and individuals for improving their lives and livelihoods. Through the fully-fledged 2013-2015 country programme (extended to 2017), developed in partnership with the Myanmar Government, UNDP aims to help Myanmar manage a “triple transition”: nation-building, including securing a sustainable peace with ethnic minorities; state-building, or democratizing and modernizing state institutions; and economic liberalization, moving the country from a closed, command economy to an open and transparent market.
The Standard Basic Assistance Agreement signed between the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and UNDP on September 17, 1987, governs UNDP’s assistance to the country and provides a legal framework for the implementation of the country programme. Read in Myanmar
What do we want to accomplish?
UNDP aims to support Myanmar in the achievement of its development priorities and democratic transformation through strategic capacity development of national institutions.
The new country programme, includes a major focus on responsive, transparent, democratic governance in three priority areas. The first supports institutional strengthening of local governments and civil society, while providing livelihood support and poverty reduction in border and ceasefire areas. The second comprises assistance through policy advice on climate change, disaster risk reduction, energy access, and environment. The third aim is to contribute to reform strategies and help scale up capacity in the national parliament, justice sector, and civil administration. Read in Myanmar
What are our results?
UNDP’s Human Development Initiative improved the livelihoods of more than 5 million women, men, and children covering a total of 8,000 villages in 63 townships across Myanmar.
About 50 % of the self-reliance groups (SRG) formed under the Initiative are in the process of getting registered as cooperatives, 28 township level SRG level leading groups have been formed and 192 cluster leading groups.
UNDP was instrumental in bringing microfinance to Myanmar and is the largest microfinance provider in the country. Through this project UNDP provided loans totaling to 372,000 borrowers in 6133 villages located in 27 townships. More than 90 % of the beneficiaries of the microfinance project are women. Through the project 415,000 individuals saved a total of almost USD14 million, of which voluntary savings amounted to 17%. A Beneficiary Welfare Fund associated with the project attracted 376,000 clients and accumulated USD 4.4 million. Read in Myanmar
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