• Myanmar MPs and Parliament Staff Conclude Study Visit to Australian and Indonesian Parliaments Dec 11, 2014

    For many first time visitors to Australia, the Sydney Harbor Bridge or Sydney Opera leaves a lasting impression. However, for Daw Tin Tin Mar the memories she brought back from Australia are that of the New South Wales Parliament and the Parliament of Australia, Canberra. This is where she got to witness plenary meetings, committee proceedings, and parliamentary services. It has left a lasting impression on her.

  • Vocational Training Expands Opportunities for Myanmar Youth and Women Dec 8, 2014

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Small Scale Industries Department (SSID) of the Ministry of Cooperatives are partnering to provide vocational and livelihood skills training in Kachin, Kayah, Kayin and Shan, as part of UNDP’s livelihoods and social cohesion programme.

  • CSOs in Chin Form a Network for a Stronger Collective Voice Dec 4, 2014

    Civil Society organisations (CSOs) in Chin State have committed to strengthen their network and together have a stronger voice so that they can become positive contributors in Myanmar’s reform process. They formed the Chin Civil Societies Network to support these goals. The network, through which financial and information resources can be mobilized to support strengthening of local area CSO and civil society work, was formed after a three day Forum held in Hakha for CSOs working in Chin.

  • Mass Event and Disaster Preparedness: A collaboration between Myanmar and Israel on Disaster Management Nov 21, 2014

    Forty government officials from key government disaster response departments today completed a training workshop on how to respond to disasters.

  • UNDP’s Democratic Governance Work Catalyses Knowledge Sharing in Government Nov 20, 2014

    A new trend is being set by many government ministries and departments which benefitted from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) training programmes. They are adapting, enriching and replicating these training programmes with their own resources to benefit a greater number of employees. UNDP’s Democratic Governance Programme is supported by the governments of Australia, Denmark, Finland and Japan.

  • Community Infrastructure Improves Lives Oct 23, 2014

    Over two hundred thousand persons living in Rakhine, Kachin, Shan, Kayah, Kayin and Chin are benefitting from access to new roads, bridges, health centres and other community infrastructure this year.

  • New Database to Help Myanmar Better Assess Loss and Damage Risks from Disasters Oct 7, 2014

    Myanmar is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world and the risk of hazards turning into disasters is predicted to further increase because of global warming. Detailed information on the destructive nature of past disasters in Myanmar is scattered or missing. The Government of Myanmar, through its Relief and Resettlement Department, together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN-Habitat have set out to create a database to capture the losses and damages from past disasters, and put in place systems to continue updating the resulting Myanmar Disaster Loss and Damage Database.

  • Inle Lake Stakeholders Prepare a Five Year Action Plan to Tackle Lake Conservation Challenges Oct 7, 2014

    Departmental officials, parliamentarians, non-government agencies, representatives of the local ethnic peoples met in Taunggyi yesterday to review the Draft Inle Lake Conservation 5-Year Action Plan (2015-2016 to 2019-2020) which is led by the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry in collaboration with Shan State Government and with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • Ensuring that Assistance Does Not Inadvertently Trigger Local Conflicts Sep 26, 2014

    How can you ensure that support to affect communities after a disaster does not lead to conflicts or compound pre-existing tensions in a community? What are some checks and balances that government and humanitarian/development workers can use to ensure that their work does no harm? Are conflicts necessarily bad?

  • ASEAN delegates convene to kick off development of the ASEAN pre-disaster recovery guidelines Sep 24, 2014

    Development professionals from ASEAN member states working in the area of disaster management met earlier this week and launched the process to develop guidelines that would help countries systematically plan for recovery from disasters before they strike.

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