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Myanmar

Building capacities to mitigate disasters and support livelihood development

ACTED continues to emphasise support to the most vulnerable communities in Myanmar through programmes ranging from disaster response and early recovery to longer term sustainable development. Based on its strong history of livelihood support and disaster risk management, ACTED has been implementing several relief programmes in support of livelihoods, through cash-for-work and agricultural programmes, and has supported the development and implementation of vocational training courses for vulnerable youth in Yangon. In addition, ACTED has been raising awareness of rural communities in minimising the effects of natural disasters, while promoting social cohesion in areas where ethnic conflicts are common.

Myanmar has gone through substantial transformations of both democracy and development in recent years. However, humanitarian needs are manifold, and there continues to be room for further developmental improvements. Inadequate access to basic services and livelihood opportunities, compounded by inter-community armed conflicts and the need for disaster risk management capacity building, are major concerns. In response to these issues, ACTED continues to work on food security programmes and emergency preparedness, to support sustainable growth and rehabilitation. Other notable projects include vocational training for unemployed youth to develop marketable skills, and livelihood support to seasonal workers in the poorest, most disaster-affected parts of Rakhine State

Responding to natural disasters through emergency relief and resilience building

ACTED continues responding to on-going needs of disaster-affected populations through the implementation of cash-for-work programmes that support vulnerable beneficiaries. These programmes enable communities to rebuild damaged infrastructures in exchange for cash that would be used in local markets. At the same time, ACTED has been implementing activities to enhance disaster preparedness through disaster risk awareness campaigns at the township level in Yangon Region and Rakhine State, as well as through supporting the rehabilitation and conservation of ecosystems, specifically mangroves, to increase community resilience.

Fostering economic development through livelihood support and vocational training

While the demand for skilled labour is high in Myanmar, there remains a lack of trained workers to meet labour market demands. To close this gap, ACTED has been partnering with local technical and vocational schools to implement vocational courses for unemployed youth that address the need for qualified electricians and offer on-the-job training opportunities. These trainings allow for increased access to livelihoods opportunities. In addition, ACTED also launched two programmes dedicated to improving livelihoods of local farmers through winter crop cultivation and the distribution of agricultural inputs to the most vulnerable members of communities, chosen by the communities themselves, in Rakhine State.

 

Partrners in 2016 :

Convergences, DAI – Development Alternatives Inc, Food And Agriculture Organization of The United Nation (FAO), French Embassy, IMPACT Initiatives, International Organization For Migration (IOM), Schneider Electric, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Human Settlements Programme - UN-Habitat

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