Project profile — Burma Border Assistance Program: Building Social Capital


Inter Pares (CA-CRA_ACR-2118971100)
2010-04-01 - 2015-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Myanmar (100.00%)


• Health policy and administrative management:
Health policy and administrative management (12110) (3.00%)
Medical education/training (12181) (4.00%)
• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (7.00%)
Basic nutrition (12240) (2.00%)
Infectious disease control (12250) (4.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Reproductive health care (13020) (15.00%)
• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (6.00%)
Media and free flow of information (15153) (5.00%)
Human rights (15160) (7.00%)
• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (5.00%)
• Environmental policy and administrative management:
Environmental policy and administrative management (41010) (1.00%)
Bio-diversity (41030) (1.00%)
Environmental education/training (41081) (3.00%)
Environmental research (41082) (1.00%)
• Developmental Food Aid/Food Security Assistance: Food aid/food security programs (52010) (15.00%)
• Material relief assistance and services:
Material relief assistance and services (72010) (16.00%)
Relief co-ordination; protection and support services (72050) (5.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project contributes to the development of civil society organizations and to building their capacity to identify needs, deliver services, and promote the interests of vulnerable and displaced people. An emphasis is placed on the participation of ethnic nationalities and women. Activities include: providing humanitarian assistance to Burmese refugees living in refugee camps in Thailand; the delivery of basic primary health care (including maternal and child health care) to displaced people in Burma's border areas; and civil society research, advocacy, and capacity-building on the issues of gender and violence against women, environmental degradation, forced displacement, human rights, drug abuse, and independent media. The project works with Burmese organizations based in Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, and China. Local executing agencies include the Thailand-Burma Border Consortium and the Mae Tao Clinic.

Expected results 


Results achieved 

Results achieved as of December 31, 2013 include: (1) provided essential food and non-food necessities to approximately 119,000 Burmese refugees in Thailand in 2013. Since 2010 a total of 165,633 refugees in Thailand benefitted (94,497 for the entire period, 45,275 for three years, 15,861 for two years, and approximately 10,000 for one year). (2) 14 health partners treated over 314,000 cases in 2013 for a total of 1,322,657 cases since 2010; (3) 2,169 health workers received training in 2013 for a total of 8,602 trained since 2010; and (4) the workforce of trained health providers increased 9.3% in 2013 and a total of 29% since 2010. As a result, Burmese communities, including refugees, internally displaced people, and migrants have better access to basic services, such as food, shelter, and health care. Through training and technical support, over 60 civil society organizations improved their ability to access, research, document, and disseminate information on environment and development issues, human rights, and women's rights. The work of these organizations contributes to greater public awareness and access to information. In 2013, the government approved the registration of five media partners enabling them to publish and distribute newspapers in their respective states. Media partners also worked to raise awareness and contribute to national unity by organizing the first ever ethnic media conference in Yangon, at which government officials, Yangon-based journalists, civil society and ethnic political parties participated. Organizations supported by this project are contributing to policy development processes at the national level in Burma. Representatives from two program partners were selected to participate on a national steering committee that work with the government to improve openness and accountable management of revenues from natural resources

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
25-09-2015 Disbursement $100,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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