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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.

Scholarship Announcement

HBS Yangon is offering a full scholarship for postgraduate-level studies in the Master of Arts in International Development Studies (MAIDS) program in the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (www.maids-chula.org).

We are inviting qualified candidates from Myanmar to apply for this postgraduate scholarship. We wish to specifically encourage applications by candidates working in, or planning to do their dissertation research, on one of the following thematic areas that stand at the heart of our own work in Myanmar:

  • “Ecology”: Sustainable use and governance of natural resources in Myanmar; energy policy, with a focus on renewable energies; socio-ecological impacts of large-scale investment projects

  •  “Democracy”: Freedom and responsibility in the digital world (“digital rights”); non-discrimination and inclusion of ethnic, religious or sexual minorities.

Further details on program application can be found here: https://www.maids-chula.org/applications-2021. Interested applicants must indicate their interest to be considered for the HBS Postgraduate Scholarship in their statement of purpose summited to the MAIDS program.

Photo Story: We are the Champions

Disabled athletes form a particularly marginal group among sports enthusiasts in the country. But they work hard and some of them have been remarkably successful in international sports competitions, especially the ASEAN Para Games. This photo story tells of their lives in training. The photos were taken by a photojournalist, Pho Thar. The images were taken at various times between 2017 and 2019 at the training facility of the Myanmar Paralympic Sports Federation in North Dagon Township, Yangon, which houses about 150 athletes.  Perspectives Asia is a publication series jointly by the offices of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Asia. This issue examines the intersections of sports and politics. We look at how, through sports, identities are shaped, myths and heroes are born, and unconventional truths are buried. To observe more images, please click on the picture on the right side.

Rock Your Vote Music Dossier

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.

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?

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Perspectives Asia #9: Two Sides of the Medals

This issue of Perspectives Asia examines the intersections of sports and politics. We look at how, through sports, identities are shaped, myths and heroes are born, and unconventional truths are buried. Hbs Yangon office contributes a photo story about disable athletes from a particularly marginal group, among sports enthusiasts in the country.  They work hard and some of them have been remarkably successful in international sports competitions, especially the ASEAN Para Games. This photo story tells of their lives in training.

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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.

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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Plastic Atlas

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.

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.

CMEC

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.

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

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.

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