Map of Myanmar and neighboring countries.

Although Myanmar has developed considerably in recent years, it is still among the least developed countries in Southeast Asia. So far, the countryside has benefited very little from the economic growth. Many vulnerable groups, such as numerous ethnic minority communities, require support.

Finn Church Aid’s (FCA) work in Myanmar focuses on improving livelihoods and food security in rural areas. Approximately 70 percent of the population lives in rural areas.

Population: 55.6 million
Capital: Naypyidaw
Currency: Kyat
Languages: Burmese (official), several indigenous languages
Religions: Buddhism (88 %), Christianity (6 %), Islam (4 %), Animism (0,8 %), Hindu (0,5 %)
FCA in Myanmar: since 2014

Our results

Graafinen kuva säästöpossusta


children received cash transfers to help them continue going to school amidst the protracted crisis.


groups of women assistance were given to secure livelihoods.

Kuvituskuva matematiikan opettajasta.

More than 40

public schools to be part of a three-year career counselling pilot project thanks to our advocacy work.

Education and income for women and youth

FCA´s focus  is on youth affected by conflict, displacement and poverty. We focus especially on quality non-formal learning opportunities and pathways to decent work through employment and self-employment. Another focus area is sustainable livelihoods for people in protracted crisis-affected areas, particularly for women, using market-based approaches.

We provide life-saving humanitarian assistance for crisis-affected people through emergency multi-purpose cash support, and EiE for crisis-affected children and adolescents through cash support and teacher training.

We work to reduce poverty among women by providing them with education and income opportunities. Our goal is to ensure that women have as large a role as possible in the development of Myanmar.

In 2020, we introduced animated videos as a new type of digital entrepreneurship training, which enabled participants to learn how to set up a business by simply watching a video. Spoken in local languages, the videos can reach a wide audience, including people living in remote areas.

Peace work

Myanmar is a country affected by local conflicts. We promote greater influence, participation and inclusion of women and youth in community development processes and decision-making through various project activities, and promote greater interfaith understanding.