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 Democracy/Political Culture and Human Rights. 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 Political Culture and Human Rights program, hbs focuses on the following components: 1) Improving the protection of human rights; and 2) Gender democracy. In the component of protection of human rights, the program promotes the right to freedom of expression in public sphere, in classical and social media, and also support in promoting digital rights and digital security in Myanmar. In a gender component the program promotes gender and LGBTI* rights.