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About UNDP in Myanmar

UNDP has been providing development assistance to the people of Myanmar since the 1950s. UNDP operated under a restricted mandate from 1993 until 2012 implementing the Human Development Initiative programme which provided assistance directly to communities and individuals for improving their lives and livelihoods.  Since 2013, has worked through two fully-fledged country programmes.

The new 2018-2022 country programme, developed in partnership with the Myanmar Government, aims to help Myanmar manage a “triple transition”: nation-building, including securing a sustainable peace with ethnic minorities; state-building, or democratizing and modernizing state institutions; and economic liberalization, moving the country from a closed, command economy to an open and transparent market.

UNDP country programme supports the implementation of 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Among various initiatives supporting national strategic planning processes UNDP also supports the Government of Myanmar in developing a first National Indicator Framework under the Myanmar National Sustainable Development Plan.

UNDP works across all Myanmar and with all communities, in coordination with other humanitarian/development and UN actors. Government leadership and coordination is key and integral for longer term sustainable development, advancing on the SDGs and ensuring no one is left behind.

As the key development agency of the UN, UNDP plays an important role in bridging early actions with long term development. In its capacity as convener within the international development community and UN Country Team (UNCT), with the Government of Myanmar, UNDP Myanmar plays an important role in supporting aid coordination platforms in the following areas: livelihood support and resources toward the government’s strategy in support of livelihood recovery objectives, cooperation partners’ group to enhance effective development cooperation in collaboration with multiple stakeholders and with the Government of Myanmar. UNDP Chairs the Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group which was formed in 2008 during the early recovery phase of Cyclone Nargis to support the Government and communities to promote disaster resilience in Myanmar. Since then, the DRR WG has evolved as one of the most diverse and dynamic networks in the country, currently comprising of 53 agencies including the UN, international NGOs, local NGOs and professional organisations working for DRR.


What do we want to accomplish?

UNDP aims to support Myanmar in the achievement of its development priorities and democratic transformation through strategic capacity development of national institutions.

The new country programme, includes a major focus on responsive, transparent, democratic governance in two main priority areas:

  • Peace and governance: sustaining peace through national reconciliation and building an effective democratic state;
  • Planet and prosperity: promoting inclusive, resilient and sustainable development and environmental management.

In all activities, UNDP encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable. 


What are our results?

Through its previous country programme, UNDP has enhanced Myanmar’s planning, data collection and analysis capacities, including preparation of SDG data readiness and baseline studies. Together with the World Bank, UNDP supported the Central Statistical Organization to conduct the Myanmar Living Conditions Survey, a comprehensive study of how people everywhere in Myanmar live. The data is being used to formulate responsive policies for the future development of the country.

At township level UNDP provided discretionary funding (township development grants) that contributed to the construction and renovation of schools, rural health centres and roads benefiting 59,000 people.

UNDP has supported the establishment of Rule of Law Centres providing affordable legal aid and addressing the impact of drug use on communities and prevention strategies, labour laws, squatters’ rights, land-related issues and violence against women and children.

To advance the Peace process, UNDP supported the national peace process through institutional support to the Technical Secretariat of the Joint Monitoring Committee for the implementation of the 2015 Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.

Community infrastructure projects in Rakhine State, managed by neighboring communities, are contributing to create livelihoods and social cohesion, benefitting over 30,000 people across the State.

With UNDP’s support, Myanmar approved a new National Environmental Policy aligned with SDGs and built a Disaster Loss and Damage Database System that will reduce the impact of natural disasters and has led the UN interagency work in flooded areas. It is also supporting efforts for Inle Lake conversation.


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