About the Project
Although support to Rakhine State is currently framed in terms of humanitarian response, it needs to be emphasized that the current crisis occurs against a background of chronic poverty, longstanding and structural inequalities. The gendered division of labor and women’s lack of ownership and control over resources render women particularly vulnerable. The challenges facing Rakhine are felt especially by women, who are among the poorest in the country.
The jointly implemented by UNDP and UN Women, supports the Government of Myanmar, the Rakhine State Government and people living, and particularly women and girls, in Rakhine State by:
- facilitating and institutionalizing democratic processes for local development processes, including local development planning;
- strengthening individual and institutional knowledge and skills around community social cohesion;
- addressing the immediate needs of vulnerable communities by improving their livelihoods; and
- improving women’s leadership and socio-economic capacities.
The project is a 1-year initiative and will be ‘‘catalytic’’ in initiating a substantive engagement in Rakhine State that will be sustained for coming years upon mobilization of additional resources.
The joint programme supports the Rakhine State Government (RSG) in facilitating and institutionalizing democratic processes for local development planning and dialogue, in order to support the State Government in prioritizing public investments based on peoples’ identified needs and priorities and improve public service-delivery to the people, with the overall aim to strengthen livelihoods, restore public trust in the State Government and foster social cohesion between the different (ethnic) communities in Rakhine State.