Myanmar 2020 Election Dossier

Myanmar is scheduled to hold its general elections on November 8th, 2020. In this dossier, the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Yangon office presents analysis and opinion – mostly by Myanmar authors – about the experience of democratic politics and about expectations for the future. Many observers say that Myanmar is in the middle of a democratic transition. But how do people in Myanmar actually look at the politics of the last few years? How do they judge the current state of things and what do they hope and expect for the future?

In 2020, there will be around 5 million first-time voters in Myanmar, and it is likely that most of these youth will not be voting. Rock your Vote aims to raise awareness on the importance of voting and on the role music plays in politics. The project supported by Heinrich Boell Stiftung Yangon office consists of two parts: 1). In-studio Live Music Program with Bands 2). Collaborative Music Making with radical Hip Hop artists. Turning Table Myanmar believe that a word of encouragement or a piece of information or advice shared by influential radical artists will effectively push their followers, mainly the youth, to participate in the 2020 election process.
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Myanmar on the road towards the 2020 elections

Myanmar’s elections are scheduled for 8 November 2020. In July 2020, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Yangon office, has commissioned a remote assessment by an international elections specialist to take stock of the pre-electoral situation and shed light on open questions and ongoing developments. The assessment, based on past experiences and worldwide good practices for election implementation, takes the Covid-19 pandemic situation into account and provides important recommendations for electoral stakeholders.

Facts and figures about the world of synthetic polymers

Plastic Atlas Myanmar

The Plastic Atlas has the hard facts, data and figures to prove that the story of plastic that industry is telling us is a myth. We need urgent and drastic reductions in plastic production and consumption and regulation at the local, national and global level that tackle plastic pollution at the source. HBS provides articles in both Burmese and English language on its webpage. 

The Heinrich Böll Foundation’s office is monitoring air quality in Yangon and publishing real time data by using airveda device. Air quality measurements will serve as an indicator for us to know how safe the air we are breathing.  Click here for details, past data and more background.

Dossier: The Dangers of Coal

Coal is one of the most polluting forms of energy production - dangerous for the environment, for health, and for the climate and thus the planet as a whole. Still, in Myanmar, the use of coal continues and is even envisaged to expand, for power production as well as for industrial process heat. This dossier presents two documentary videos that look at the current usage of coal in Myanmar and in Thailand, respectively, and at the plans to expand coal use for power production and industry purposes. It also includes an article that shows how plans for coal power plants in Myanmar have emerged and changed over time, not least as a result of popular resistance against coal.

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Myanmar on the road towards the 2020 elections

Myanmar’s elections are scheduled for 8 November 2020. In July 2020, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Yangon office, has commissioned a remote assessment by an international elections specialist to take stock of the pre-electoral situation and shed light on open questions and ongoing developments. The assessment, based on past experiences and worldwide good practices for election implementation, takes the Covid-19 pandemic situation into account and provides important recommendations for electoral stakeholders.

Perspectives Asia: Asia for Future

Perspectives Asia: Asia for Future

This edition of Perspectives Asia presents the work of climate change activists in Asia who are calling their governments and people to action. With contributions from Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, India, China, Malaysia, South Korea, Vietnam, and Hong Kong.

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China-Myanmar Economic Corridor: Challenges and Opportunities

The workshop on Belt and Road Initiative; Challenges and Opportunities was conducted in Sagaing, Magway and Mandalay region. With the support of HBS Myanmar, local and international experts were invited and discussed on the challenges and opportunities of economic corridor of Myanmar and China, and its potential benefit and loss. This proceeding report written in Burmese included detail discussion of parliamentarian and CSO in three workshops.

Perspective Asia: Nationalisms and Populisms in Asia

The issue of this 7thPerspectives Asia aims to draw a fine line between different forms of nationalism. The articles from various Asian countries focus on strategies and political styles adopted by populist leaders and explain how nationalistic and religious ideas are distorted by politics.

Perspectives Asia: DigitalAsia

Over the last years, Asia has undergone an impressive digital transformation. Large parts of the continent have turned from the world’s factory into a creative industry.The different contributions across the continent highlight both the opportunities and risks of digitalization in Asia.

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