Building organizational development among Myanmar think tanks

IDRC and Global Affairs Canada launched Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar (K4DM) in 2017 to support the process of democratization in Myanmar. By supporting the production of relevant evidence and research, the initiative aims to nurture informed and meaningful dialogue in the process of democratic transition and to promote economic growth that benefits all women and men, regardless of their ethnicity. Working with other development partners, the initiative targets diverse and complementary entry points to strengthen analytical thinking and research capacity.

This project supports the capacities of three local policy research organizations, Advancing Life and Regenerating Motherland, the Centre for Economic and Social Development, and the Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies, to provide contextually relevant evidence and research to catalyze policy changes in Myanmar. It will strengthen organizational processes, including strategic planning, communications capacities, resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation, gender-sensitive human resource development, and sound financial management. It will also strengthen think tank capacities to produce high quality research and evidence based on sound organizational processes and research practices to influence policy dialogue and change in Myanmar.

More specifically, the project will strengthen office and research support infrastructure to improve organizational effectiveness (i.e. strategic and operational planning); establish a research quality mechanism to promote and ensure research quality; develop organizational processes to improve communication capacity and enable more effective policy engagement; and identify new collaborative opportunities through participation in national and regional networks.

Project ID

108703

Project status

Active

Duration

40 months

IDRC Officer

Samar Verma

Total funding

CA$ 1,225,300

Countries

Myanmar

Program

Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar

Project Leader

Win Thu

Institution

Advancing Life and Regerating Motherland

Institution Country

Myanmar

Institution Website

http://www.myanmaraffair.com

Project Leader

Ngun Lian Sang

Institution

Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies

Institution Country

Myanmar

Institution Website

http://www.cdes.org.mm

Project Leader

Zaw Oo

Institution

Centre for Economic and Social Development

Institution Country

Myanmar

Institution Website

http://www.myanmarcesd.org