Project profile — Climate Change and Disaster Resilience in Myanmar


Asian Development Bank (46004)
2017-03-23 - 2024-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Myanmar (100.00%)


• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (16.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (24.00%)
• Formal sector financial intermediaries:
Formal sector financial intermediaries (24030) (1.00%)
Informal/semi-formal financial intermediaries (24040) (3.00%)
Education/training in banking and financial services (24081) (3.00%)
• Agriculture: Agricultural alternative development (31165) (28.00%)
• Environmental policy and administrative management:
Environmental policy and administrative management (41010) (10.00%)
Environmental education/training (41081) (15.00%)

Policy marker 

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


Initial Phase (2017-2021): This technical assistance project helps community members, particularly women farmers, meet their daily sustenance needs through cash-for-work in most vulnerable townships in Kachin, Kayin, Rakhine, and Shan states. This phase of the project contributed to: (1) household emergency construction initiatives in communities vulnerable to disaster and the effects of climate change, (2) community and agricultural rehabilitation to increase resilience to natural hazards and climate change impacts, (3) technical advisory services to help participants adapt to climate change and/or climate-induced hazards, such as (i) sustainable climate-smart agriculture practices, and (ii) improved adaption of agroforestry practices in high deforestation areas, as well as training for women to strengthen their leadership skills and to enhance agricultural skills. Target assets were constructed and/or rehabilitated and are community-based and small-scale, such as irrigation and drainage canals, flood protection dikes, ponds, terraced farmland management, rainwater collection tanks, and on-farm roads. Over 25,000 women and men should have the tools to cope with the impacts of climate change and natural disasters, benefitting an estimated 300,000 people in up to 300 communities. The project became inactive for more than one year as a result of instability in the implementing country. Extension Phase (2022-2024): The project has been reworked in 2022 to help 35,500 households with 177,500 community members, particularly women farmers, meet their daily sustenance needs. This is done through cash-for-work under the World Food Program (WFP)’s Asset Creation and Livelihood activities in targeted communities. Collaboration with WFP aims to increase the resilience to natural hazards and climate change impacts.

Expected results 

Initial Phase (2017-2021): The expected outcomes for this phase of the project included: (1) adverse effects of shocks on the welfare and livelihood of vulnerable people alleviated, (2) essential health services for target populations enhanced, (3) critical food and nutritional needs met, and (4) household sustenance met and climate and disaster resilient community assets enhanced. Extension Phase (2022-2024): The expected outcomes for this phase of the project include: (1) increased the access to cash-for-work programs to 35,500 households (177,500 people, 71% of whom are women); (2) encouraged leadership positions for women to reach 40% in project management committees; and (3) ensured the construction and rehabilitation of 628 rural and agricultural assets.

Results achieved 

Initial Phase (2017-2021): Results achieved as of September 2021 include: (1) successfully launched the Myanmar Unified Platform for Disaster Risk Application (MUDRA), the first-ever disaster risk modelling portal; (2) organized a series of trainings and workshops to enhance and mainstream the understanding of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation; (3) developed a capacity development plan to improve farmers’ access to agro-climate information in the Ayeyarwady region; and (4) provided support to village-level development planning, incorporating dimensions such as climate, disaster risk and gender. Extension Phase (2022-2024): To come in 2023-2024.

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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