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The Contribution of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Advancing Women’s Political Participation and Effectiveness: A Case of the Mon Women Movement in Myanmar

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The Contribution of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Advancing Women’s Political Participation and Effectiveness:  
Following decades of military dictatorship which denied Myanmar the benefits of an inclusive democracy, the new government continues to fall short: Women remain underrepresented. This paper focusses on the contribution of a growing CSO-led women’s movement to political participation and effectiveness, and highlights opportunities to maximize such efforts.

Environmental Governance

A clean energy vision for Myanmar

Renewable energy has become a technically and financially feasible alternative to coal and other fossil fuels or large hydro. And in contrast to these traditional sources of energy, renewable energy sources are neither harming the environment nor people's livelihoods in Myanmar.

 

Life's Cradle

Please find here the 14 minute documentary "Life's cradle" on the destruction of Myanmar's marine ecosystems produced by DVB and funded by HBS! 

Special Economic Zones and Human Rights Violations in Myanmar

With recent announcements about the extension of Thilawa to Zone B and the planned construction of a fourth Special Economic Zone in the Yangon Region, it is important for Myanmar to draw on lessons learned and avoid negative repercussions on local communities. A new report by HBS Myanmar assesses social impacts entailed by the initial construction stages in Thilawa and Dawei, where thousands of villagers lost their land and livelihood opportunities.

Myanmar’s Energy-Governance as a GMS-member

Myanmar, being a member of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), is a net exporter of energy to its neighbors like China who get the lion‘s share of the country’s generated power. Energy production has so far been more harmful than helpful especially to people who live close to the production-sites. Plans from 2011, making the Thanlwin River a source of hydropower, now offer a chance to the NLD-led government to perform good governance.

Political Culture

The development of ASEAN - an introduction

In 1967 the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded. This dossier sheds light on the institutional framework of ASEAN and analyses with contributions by civil society and academia, where social and ecological justice has, or should have, its place in Southeast Asia.

An eclipse of Myanmar’s civil society?

Myanmar’s transition to democracy has earned the country a lot of appraisal on the international stage. But over the last year, the boundaries between what is permitted and what will get people in trouble slid back and blurred again.

LGBTI people in Myanmar: second-class citizens

Political transition in Myanmar from a military to a civilian government holds the promise of opening up political spaces to previously marginalized groups. However, the dividend of the country’s democratization process seems to be still far off for the LGBTI community.

Contract farming in Myanmar: From expectations to exploitation

With Myanmar’s new investment bill, foreign direct investments in the agricultural sector are booming and business conglomerates are interested in expanding their agricultural production through contract farming. Yet, in the absence of effective mechanisms for poverty reduction and adequate land tenure security, the fruits of contract farming have often been harvested solely by companies.With Myanmar’s new investment bill, foreign direct investments in the agricultural sector are booming and business conglomerates are interested in expanding their agricultural production through contract farming. Yet, in the absence of effective mechanisms for poverty reduction and adequate land tenure security, the fruits of contract farming have often been harvested solely by companies.

 

Perspectives Asia No. 5: Politics of Food

What we eat is determined by more than just our preferences. Food choices are shaped by availability, culture and global economic structures. Tradition and wealth can influence what we eat, just as trade and foreign investments can influence our access to food. Due to the high degree of economic interdependence, the purchase of a food product in one country can affect the price development in another, ultimately restricting food choices. In short: Food is a highly political issue. Nowhere is this more true than in Asia.

International Women Day 2017

In the presence of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi three video clips on violence against women, co-sponsored by HBS, were launched on 8 March 2017 in Naypyitaw at the International Women Day 2017 ceremony of the Department of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement (DSW).

What we do

The Myanmar Program 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 program dates back to the early 2000s when the foundation decided to support civil society inside Myanmar by awarding scholarships to promising young students from all parts of Myanmar and advocating a pro-engagement approach. The office is currently working on two programs: Natural Resource Governance / Development and Political Culture. In the Natural Resource Governance Program HBS MM intends to improve the participation of local communities and civil society in decision-making processes around the exploitation of natural resources, large infrastructure projects and extractive industries. In particular Asian Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Official Development Assistance (ODA) by International Financial Institutions (IFIs) is being scrutinized in this respect. In the Political Culture program HBS Myanmar promotes the development of a democratic Myanmar that respects fundamental human rights. In a media component the program promotes freedom of expression and freedom of press. In a gender component the program promotes gender and LGBTI* rights.

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Heinrich Böll Stiftung Myanmar

No 45/A, Kan Lane 3
Kan Road, Kamayut Township
Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: (+95) 9 3168 5846
Email: info@mm.boell.org

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Internship Opportunities

The Myanmar Office of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung has limited possibilities to offer internships for national and international students and interested young people. As an internal rule, we only offer internships for three months and more. We can offer some internship possibilities in 2017. Applicants should send us the following documents:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Short research proposal

hbs Myanmar wants all interns to follow a small research project related to our work in Myanmar. Therefore the research proposal is an important element in our decision, whom to offer an internship.

For any enquiries, please contact to info@mm.boell.org.