• Building Bridges to Connect People to Opportunities Sep 11, 2014

    Sittwe - Villagers in Myanmar’s Rakhine State capital Sittwe yesterday turned out in numbers to witness the inauguration of the Ye Chan Pyin bridge construction. The bridge will connect four villages to Sittwe providing easy, all-season access to the capital. More than 4000 households in this locality have difficulties reaching schools, hospitals, jobs and businesses in Sittwe especially during the long rainy season when ferry services are irregular or suspended.

  • First Visit of Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific to Myanmar Sep 5, 2014

    Yangon - The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu will visit Myanmar from September 6 – 12. This will be Mr Xu’s first official visit to Myanmar since his appointment in September last year.

  • Myanmar CSOs Provide Input to Draft Intellectual Property Law to Ensure Affordable Medicines Aug 19, 2014

    Yangon - More than 60 people representing the communities affected by HIV, TB and cancer, as well as health service providers and policy makers last week participated in a consultation on Myanmar’s draft intellectual property law, marking an important step ensuring that community voices are included in the new legislation.

  • Learning Together: UNDP's Implementing Partners Come Together for Social Cohesion Aug 18, 2014

    Myanmar - In a local hall in Loikaw, about 30 people are working excitedly in small groups. Crowding around sheets of flip-charts, they are in intense discussion. The groups have an hour to design a community cohesion project intervention. While they have worked on exercises like this before, this is the first time they are developing a project using the information, skills and tools they’ve newly acquired. Occasionally, laughter breaks through the otherwise serious atmosphere.

  • Nationwide Assessment of Governance of Local Administration Enters Final Phase Aug 15, 2014

    Yangon - Transparency, the importance of a good flow of information between government and citizens and citizens’ legal awareness were some of the issues discussed at a local governance sensitization workshop held last week. The workshop, the final in a series of seven was designed to discuss the roll out of the local governance mapping in the Yangon region.

  • UNDP strengthens Leadership Skills of Senior Civil Servants Aug 13, 2014

    Pyin Oo Lwin - Thirty-three Director and Deputy Director Generals of Myanmar State institutions acquired additional skills and knowledge on public administration reforms and related development matters in a two-week series of training sessions organized by UNDP at the Central Institute of the Civil Service in Zee Pin Gyi, near Pyin Oo Lwin. UNDP’s two week contribution concluded last week was part of a newly established eight week leadership training course for top-level officials in the Myanmar civil service. These training sessions are part of the Union Civil Service Board’s educational programme.

  • The Future in Their Hands Jul 10, 2014

    Kayah State - Villagers from Demoso and Hpruso townships are enjoying lunch together. This is not something they do every day. Today, they are on the first leg of an inter-village exchange visit, sharing experiences about community infrastructure.

  • Ethnic youths in Myanmar’s Naga hills engaged to protect forests Jul 8, 2014

    Khamti – Youths from the remote Naga hill region in upper Myanmar will play a key role in helping to protect their forests and environment. Starting in mid-July the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will organize a series of training workshops for youths from three townships in Upper Sagaing Region being identified as volunteers to participate in a UNDP project.

  • Laying the Foundation for a Governance Structure of Inle Lake Jun 13, 2014

    “Everyone wants to make use of the lake, but nobody wants to take care of it” is a statement that may be true for many lakes in the world. But for communities living in and around the Inle Lake in Myanmar’s Shan State as well as national and state government, there is a strong commitment to put in place a proper lake management system that would ensure that the beautiful lake is preserved for future generations.

  • Sharing Knowledge on Lake Management Practices Jun 6, 2014

    Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar and is a major tourist attraction renowned for its floating gardens, traditional leg-rowed boats and weaving industry. It is home to a number of endemic species of birds and fish. It is also the traditional home of the Innthar community as well as populations of Shan, Barma and other ethnic groups. To achieve a long term sustainability of the lake, an effective management and co-ordination mechanism is required.

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