Project profile — Inclusive Democratic Development in Burma/Myanmar


Inter Pares (CA-CRA_ACR-2118971100)
2015-11-16 - 2021-08-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Myanmar (100.00%)


• Health, General: Health policy and administrative management (12110) (5.00%)
• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (21.00%)
Health education (12261) (5.00%)
• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (10.00%)
Media and free flow of information (15153) (3.00%)
Human rights (15160) (12.00%)
• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (10.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (34.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal 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 (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Nutrition (significant objective)


This project aims to enhance inclusive democratic development in Myanmar by strengthening citizen engagement, deepening trust and understanding of democratic systems, and building the capacity of communities to participate in their own development. The project targets over 320 ,000 people in Myanmar and 110,000 Burmese refugees outside the country. Activities include: (1) organizing workshops on human rights, including women’s rights; (2) training media workers from ethnic minority media organizations; (3) supporting the production of publications on key development issues (human rights, environmental protection, gender equality, etc.); (4) training community-level basic health workers to improve decentralized health service delivery; (5) supporting multi-stakeholder consultations to share experiences on participatory, community-based and decentralized health care delivery; (6) training refugees and internally displaced people in entrepreneurship, livelihood skills and democratic governance to facilitate reintegration into Myanmar; and (7) supporting small-scale locally-initiated projects in Myanmar to strengthen community capacity to implement development activities using democratic approaches.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) improved democratic governance practices allowing citizens and their civil society organizations to contribute to and influence local and national policies; (2) improved decentralized governance and services in areas where ethnic minorities are the majority; and (3) enhanced participation of marginalized and conflict-impacted communities in local development.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of November 2021 include: (1) Six health partners improved their COVID-19 protocols: the Ethnic Health Systems Strengthening Group (EHSSG) created a new, 66-page manual with COVID-19 protocols for its members for training of the Quality Improvement teams; (2) Between January and June 2021, partners served 104,497 cases in Myanmar (57% f; 20% under five, of which 48% f). Of the cases, partners reported a total of 2,580 cases where COVID-19 tests were administered, of which 427 were positive; (3) 10 of 15 health partners managed community pandemic response facilities; (4) One of six partners running crisis support centres formalized a protocol to respond to SGBV cases by phone during COVID-19; (5) The target of 14 villages having gender-equitably managed, locally initiated development projects was doubled; and (6) Partners gave a total of 165 interviews (32%f) to local or international media to help shape the messaging of the national demonstrations, which has influenced not only a new generation of political activists, but also new post-coup political bodies.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
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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