To provide MPs with data they can act on, UNDP is supporting the Union Hluttaws’ research departments in producing constituency profiles which bring key demographic and socio-economic data for their townships. In the Professional Development Programme, MPs learn to interpret those data and use them for advocacy or as the basis for further research. The profiles for a first set of townships are ready and are already being used by these townships’ MPs.
By June 2019, the constituency engagement programme has been successfully rolled out to 109 MPs, 11 of them women, from Kayah, Kayin, Mon, Tanintharyi, Mandalay, Shan, Chin, Rakhine and Sagaing Region and State Hluttaws already. Programmes for MPs of the remaining Regions and States will follow.
These activities help document the stories and experiences MPs share and the good practice taking place across Regions and States. We will produce and shared with all MPs a ‘guide to best practice’, which brings together international best practice and case studies of effective work by Hluttaw MPs. This guide will be a valuable resource for current MPs and will help future MPs hit the ground running.