Conflict Sensitivity in Myanmar
April 2018 Update: Three years ago, CDA opened a field office in Myanmar as a pilot project in response to requests from its partners for more sustained, ongoing engagement in the country. During this time the Myanmar staff have developed an excellent reputation for building conflict sensitive capacity in local and international organizations, and built up a strong demand for their work. After extensive deliberation we concluded that the most viable long-term plan, and most effective way to maintain the capacity that has been built up, was to help the office transition into a local organization.
Thus, as of July 1, 2018, CDA’s field office in Myanmar will close and reorganize as a new, stand-alone, local organization named RAFT. We are happy to report that all local and international Myanmar staff are planning to stay on and are now in the process of launching RAFT, and that our existing donors have indicated strong support for the new organization. We wish RAFT great success and look forward to partnering with them in the future. A link to RAFT’s new website will be posted on this page as soon as it is available.
CDA’s current presence in Myanmar responds to requests from in-country organizations to support their implementation of conflict sensitivity through assessments, training, accompaniment and advocacy.
The main focus of CDA’s program in Myanmar is to build local networks of conflict sensitivity champions through training and accompanying a cohort of local Do No Harm practitioners and trainers across the country. We also provide support for conflict-sensitive practice to local and international organizations and facilitate updated conflict and context analysis for improved conflict sensitivity practice and peacebuilding effectiveness.
We support local and international organizations in the conflict affected states of Rakhine, Kachin and Kayin, in addition to our engagements on the national level.
Background: CDA’s work in Myanmar began in 2002, with a series of field assessments regarding the operation of the Yadana Pipeline by the oil and gas company Total, S.A. In recent years, we have been providing regular capacity building to a range of partners, based on the concepts and frameworks of our Do No Harm, Reflecting on Peace Practice and Listening programs. CDA opened its Myanmar Office in 2015, with funding from USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives and the UK Department for International Development.
CDA’s office in Myanmar is located at # 1101, 11th Floor, Hill Top Condominium, Hnin Si Gone Street, Ahlone Township, Yangon, Myanmar. You can reach them at the office phone number: +95 (0) 12301301-10 Ext: 2101.
Conflict Sensitivity Fellows
Haeman joined CDA in October 2016. Before joining CDA, she worked as a voluntary committee member at International Development Field Camp, a youth-led organization for Myanmar and Japanese Youth Leaders who look forward to community development through furthering the collaboration between Myanmar and Japan. Between 2014 and 2016 Haeman volunteered as a co- facilitator at Care4Life, a student-led, self- funded organization that holds HIV/ AIDS Awareness Workshops for university students around Myanmar.
Haeman has a master’s degree in English from Yangon University, a diploma for English Language Teaching, and a bachelor degree in EPP (English for Professional Purposes) from the National Management College, Myanmar.
Kyaw Myo Win
Before joining CDA, Win worked as a translator for Save the Children, Sittwe. Previously, he was a freelance translator and an English teacher, working for INGOs and English language centers. Win is an alumnus of the Democracy and Religious Pluralism program of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. He also served as a volunteer at the Ambassador’s Youth Council for the U.S. Embassy, Myanmar. He holds a BA in English from Sittwe University.
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