Project profile — Building a Culture of Peaceful Pluralism in Myanmar and Sri Lanka


Internews Network
2018-05-11 - 2019-05-31
Global Affairs Canada
IFM International Security

Country / region 

• Myanmar (65.00%)
• Sri Lanka (35.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Human rights (15160) (50.00%)
• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (50.00%)

Policy marker 

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


This project seeks to address the social and political factors that contribute to ethnic and religious intolerance and cycles of violence in Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The project works to influence public opinion on issues of religious freedom and ethnic diversity in support of peaceful pluralism, by supporting civil society organizations and journalists. Project activities include: (1) increasing the production of high-quality, inclusive media content; (2) enhancing the flow of trusted, non-inflammatory information within and between communities, with an emphasis on social media and online content; (3) increasing awareness and understanding of ethnic and religious rights; and (4) promoting a culture of accountability that gives a voice to communities directly affected by discrimination and violence.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved capacity of journalists and civil society organization (CSO) activists (both women and men) in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to report on issues of religious freedom, human rights and ethnic and religious diversity; (2) improvements in the beliefs and attitudes of journalists and CSO activists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to be more supportive of inclusion (including greater gender inclusion) in the media and information space; and (3) improved capacity of CSOs to track and report on cases of human rights violations regarding ethnic/religious diversity.

Results achieved 


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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