Myanmar

Myanmar

WFD is currently implementing a three-year programme (2016-2019) to strengthen parliamentary practice in the national Parliament of Burma. In partnership with the UK House of Commons, British Council and the Irrawaddy Policy Exchange, the programme works with MPs, Committees, parliamentary staff and potential young leaders to improve the technical capacity of the parliament, encourage MPs to engage effectively with the people they represent and inspire a future generation of leaders.

2016: year of first WFD programme
Context

With the promise to transform the impoverished country after more than 50 years of military rule, the new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi created high expectations. By strengthening the parliament’s ability to deliver quality legislation and monitor the new government, the programme supports Burma’s parliamentary institutions with consolidating the transition to a full democracy.

Strengthening parliament

From junior parliamentary staff to committee Chairs, WFD provides insight into UK parliamentary procedure through learning exchanges, thematic technical training and policy advice. As part of this strand of work, British Council English language training, as well as an assessment of the parliamentary building by the Irrawaddy Policy Exchange were conducted.

Union Level
  • Enhancing capacity of staff to support Members
  • Effectiveness of Committees
  • Human Resources and institutional reform
  • Building Facilities assessment by the IPE
  • English Language Learning by the British Council
  • Hluttaw-Government relations

Country Data

Population:

Population:

52,89
Million
GDP:

GDP:

$63.225
Billion (USD)
GNI per capita:

GNI per capita:

$1,190
(USD)
Media freedom:

Media freedom:

73/100
(Not Free)
Democracy index:

Democracy index:

32/100
(Partly Free)

Implementation

Strengthening Governance and Accountability in Burma
Underway
Planned end: July 2019

News

A group of men wearing hard hats go down into a mine using a lift.

Regulating the world’s most valuable jade mines

Myanmar produces 70% of the world’s jade, generating billions of dollars annually. Yet government revenues capture only a fraction of this value, and most citizens do not share in the potential benefits. WFD is supporting a parliamentary committee in Myanmar to assess the legislation that currently regulates jade mining.