Project profile — Protecting Gains in Myanmar Democracy


IDRC - International Development Research Centre (CA-CRA_ACR-2107511586)
2022-03-28 - 2026-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Myanmar (100.00%)


• Post-Secondary Education: Higher education (11420) (10.00%)
• Public sector policy and administrative management:
Public sector policy and administrative management (15110) (30.00%)
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (50.00%)
• Government and civil society: Government and civil society statistics and data (15196) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• 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 (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)


The project aims to support the development of a strong and well-informed civil society that will contribute to an inclusive and pro-democratic vision of a Myanmar federation, and preserve the democratic gains achieved prior to the coup. It seeks to nurture public and evidenced-based policy discussions within civil society for a federal democracy, to provide a safety net to scholars and activists to support their work on democracy and decentralization, and promote research on the role of digital communications on democratic aspirations, while addressing gender disparities in digital spaces. Project activities include: (1) offering training and mentoring young scholars and activists from Myanmar to promote gender equality and democratic governance; (2) providing fellowships and scholarships for young ethnic scholars from Myanmar; and (3) conducting research projects on gender and digital civic engagement in Myanmar, as well as on ethnicity and digital governance. The project will reach Myanmar individuals from different backgrounds, including human rights defenders and civil society actors.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased gender equality through regional engagement by civil society on topics related to gender and democratic governance in Myanmar; and (2) greater gender equality through the use and uptake of gender-sensitive research in digital and democratic governance in Myanmar.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) 51 fellowships and scholarships disbursed to young scholars, including 19 young women and 15 ethnic minorities, including Rohingyas, to increase the opportunity for collaboration between Myanmar and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on governance, gender and public policy issues among women in vulnerable ethnic minorities; and (2) mentored 39 young scholars and activists to increase capacity for governance, gender and public policy analysis for women from vulnerable ethnic minorities.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,500,000
Planned disbursement $500,000
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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