Article by Kalika Bro-Jorgensen
ActionAid has initiated a new four year project called “Strengthening a responsive, diverse and democratic civil society in Myanmar”. Funded by the European Commission, the overall objective is to build a more equitable, democratic and just society in Myanmar.
The project will strengthen organisational and technical capacity of civil society organisations in rural and ethnic areas through trainings on human rights based approach, gender sensitivity, conflict sensitivity and all aspects of organisational management, governance and communications.
The aim is for the civil society organisations to enhancetheir participation in local governance processes and policy dialogue; collectively undertake evidence based advocacy and campaigning work and monitor government implementation and spending; andenhance communication and cooperation with the media as well as government at all levels.
The target group is a total of 83 mainly youth and women-led civil society organisations from rural and ethnic areas; 10 national civil society organisation networks, with a total of 6,500 members; 215 women leaders; 140 youth leaders; 6 State Governments; 2 Ministries (Planning and Rural Development); 100 young journalists; 210 Village Tract Development Committee members, Township authorities and State and Central Government Officials. The project has a budget of 2.3 million EUR and will be implemented in all 14 states and regions of Myanmar in partnership with two national partners, Capacity Building Initiative and Phan Tee Eain. Capacity Building Initiative, named ‘the most comprehensive provider of capacity building and skills training’has 15 years’experience working with civil society organisations providing specialised training, facilitation and networking and is a long term collaborator of ActionAid. Phan Tee Eain is a women’s rights specialist, working with over 200 organisations and with wide-ranging links to national and regional civil society organisations networks. The action builds on the learning and successes of ActionAid Myanmar’sdecade-long work linking active citizenship and youth mobilisation with capacity building of civil society organisations, as well as extensive experience developing mutual understanding and cooperation between civil society organisations and government.