WHAT WE DO

The Myanmar programme of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung seeks to contribute towards a democratic transition and an inclusive and sustainable development for the benefit of all people in Myanmar. The Myanmar programme dates back to the early 2000s when the foundation started to support civil society inside Myanmar by awarding scholarships to promising young students from all parts of the country and by advocating a pro-engagement approach. A full-fledged country office was opened in 2015. Today, hbs Yangon works on two programme areas: In the “Environmental Governance and Development” programme, hbs Yangon supports local civil society actors in their work towards the sustainable use of natural resources and the expansion of renewable energy. The foundation also supports government institutions by capacity building measures to strengthen the quality of environmental impact assessment. hbs Yangon critically engages on planned large-scale infrastructure investment and promotes the discussion of development models and options. In the “Political Culture and Human Rights” programme, hbs Yangon seeks to strengthen democracy in Myanmar by supporting initiatives that work for the defense of the right to freedom of expression and support the responsible use of media, especially of social media. hbs also supports actors who promote an open and tolerant society, especially in the area of women's and LGBTI rights.