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Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU)

The Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU) compiles data from across Myanmar and shares it in a range of accessible formats to help improve decision-making and analysis, and support the coordination, planning and implementation of humanitarian, development and peace-focused activities. The MIMU team provides technical support and training to civil society organizations around the country. 

Myanmar Information Management Unit website


Products and tools
  • Mapping: MIMU is Myanmar’s main provider of maps and geographical information system (GIS) resources. The Excel Mapping Tool allows users to create simple maps comparing data across states/regions and townships, the Interactive Map Maker is an easy-to-use tool to develop detailed maps, and there are resources for mapping in presentations and reports (ppt).
  • Activity updates: MIMU’s 5W (who, what, when, where and for whom) initiative is a biannual exercise and the largest of its kind globally, with voluntary contributions from 246 agencies in February 2023 providing information on their activities in Myanmar. This helps organizations and donors respond to people’s needs more effectively across the country. MIMU’s Assessment and Publications Tool is another useful resource, providing access to 2,380 documents from 197 agencies as of March 2023, enabling the better sharing of plans, results, methodologies, data and expertise. 
  • Statistics and baseline data: MIMU's Baseline Dataset compiles publicly available information on 292 indicators from 431 sources as of March 2023. This covers from the national to the township level and is a valuable resource for planning and analyzing trends. It is also shared in the form of interactive Township Profiles.
  • Emergency response: The Emergency Preparedness Dashboard and Myanmar Flood Monitoring Dashboard, developed together with UNOSAT, provide baseline information and detailed maps of areas at risk and affected by disasters. MIMU also has a repository on the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Place codes: MIMU maintains Myanmar's system of place codes, or Pcodes, which allows data from different sources to be combined, analyzed and mapped for the first time. Working closely with civil society organizations, the MIMU team has mapped 79 percent of the 66,459 villages across the country as of May 2023.
The Myanmar Information Management Unit's Analytical Briefs
Data analysis

MIMU's analytical briefs strengthen the understanding of issues affecting Myanmar. They draw attention to topical, emerging and under-explored themes relevant to humanitarian and development activities in Myanmar using publicly available information. Recent publications include:

Strengthening the capacity of humanitarian and development agencies skills

MIMU builds the capacity of humanitarian and development staff to better use information to improve decision-making and programming. The team has developed a series of Myanmar language technical training courses on the management, mapping and visualization of data, as well as an on preparing information products. To address the very high demand, several have been converted to online, self-managed courses which are shared openly through the MIMU website.

MIMU also convenes two technical inter-agency coordination groups the Information Management Network and the Geographical Information System Working Group to promote good practice in data management.

Find out more

For more on what MIMU offers and how it can be useful by getting in touch to join a MIMU orientation session, or take a look at the weekly updates, bulletins, product catalogue and online orientation.

Please reach out to MIMU for support, and to share any suggestions and feedback on MIMU activities and products.


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  • 58,000 monthly users on the MIMU website in 2022, 4.5 million pageviews and 442,000 downloads of resources.
  • 79 percent of Myanmar’s 66,459 villages mapped through the MIMU place codes system.
  • 246 agencies contributing information on their activities to MIMU's 5W resource in February 2023.
  • 431 sources used to collect information on 292 indicators for the Baseline Dataset, as of March 2023.
  • 495 staff of humanitarian and development agencies trained through virtual, mentored courses in 2022.
  • 146,000 downloads and views of MIMU's online, self-managed courses in 2022.