Although Myanmar has developed considerably in recent years, it is still among the least developed countries in Southeast Asia. General elections in November 2015 were conducted peacefully, but it is still too early to say what the future holds for Myanmar after 50 years of military rule. The country’s gross national product has skyrocketed in the 2010’s but, at the same time, the economic inequality between rural and urban areas has grown wider. So far, the countryside has benefited very little from the economic growth. Many vulnerable groups, such as numerous ethnic minority communities, require support.
Education and income for women
With support from the Women’s Bank, 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.
Support for rural regions
The aim of our work is to improve the lives of people in poor rural areas, with a particular focus on food security and livelihood opportunities. Countryside is home to roughly 70 per cent of the country’s population.
FCA seeks to bolster local leadership and administration in order to ensure fair and sustainable development. In addition, we help communities to efficiently prepare for natural disasters. Due to its geographical location, Myanmar is highly susceptible to storms and floods.
Help for refugees
Myanmar is home to numerous ethnic minorities, and ethnic conflicts are common. In cooperation with our partner organisations, we provide assistance for refugees within Myanmar, as well as returnees around the country. The goal is to alleviate the effects of conflict by providing basic and vocational education as well as training in a variety of skills. In particular, we try focus on the need for support for children who have suffered in the conflicts, by building child-friendly spaces and providing psychosocial support.
FCA works to support the dialogue between different parties of conflicts. Our work for the right to peace aims to address the ongoing violence in Rakhine and Kachin State by increasing the capacity building of peace building organisations. Our partner, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) has conducted an analysis of the conflict dynamics in Rakhine State and in Kachin State as input for planning and programming for strategic intervention for FCA from 2016 onwards.