Knowledge for democracy in Myanmar

Two men talkingA new civilian parliament in Myanmar was voted in following a historic election in 2015. Reforms are now on the horizon in this emerging democracy and there is a need for diverse, informed, and engaged public participation to deepen the democratic process. Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar is an IDRC and Global Affairs Canada partnership that seeks to support democratic transition in Myanmar through policy research.

Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar is a $10.7-million program launched by IDRC in partnership with Global Affairs Canada that will build on previous programming in the country to support democratic transition in Myanmar through policy research.

As Myanmar transitions to a democratic government, it is crucial to nurture meaningful dialogue about the process and to promote economic growth that benefits women and men of all ethnicities. The Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar program will use several approaches to strengthen analytical thinking and research capacity among civil society, business leaders, and government — including legislators and policymakers — at organizational and individual levels.

Three to five Burmese institutions involved in research and policy development will receive support to improve capacity to produce analysis for evidence-based policymaking and at least 40 local experts will be targeted to receive support to improve their research capacity. Several national research networks and professional associations will be established as platforms for knowledge sharing and engagement on policy reform, and an estimated 240 senior civil servants and parliamentarians will receive support to improve their capacity to use research for policymaking. In addition, more than 2,000 participants are expected to participate at 30 knowledge-sharing and networking stakeholder events.

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