Ten years after Myanmar began its transition from military junta to democracy, the country continues to wrestle with the legacy of authoritarian rule. Both economic mismanagement and ethnic-based conflicts, often driven by social exclusion, continue to mar the country’s forward progress.

During the first years of the transition, indicators were good: The first democratic elections took place in 2015 generating a wave of optimism. Internal reforms led to improvements in social welfare and rapid economic growth of above seven percent per year which had cut poverty rates in half by 2017.

Despite the progress, chronic poverty, protracted displacement, food insecurity, limited social support networks, and deep inequalities stemming from statelessness, segregation, discrimination, and gender cast a shadow over Myanmar’s new dawn.

A military crackdown against alleged terrorists in Rakhine State began in August 2017 and has to date driven over 900,000 members of the Rohingya ethnic minority into neighbouring Bangladesh. Sectarian violence has also confined over 120,000 members of this community to IDP camps in Rakhine State. Humanitarian access remains a serious challenge across the State.


ACTED in Myanmar

Since 2008...

beneficiaries from food ration distributions
houses built
people given access to water

ACTED launched its operations in Myanmar in August 2008, as an immediate response to Cyclone Nargis. Between 2008 and 2010, ACTED’s primary focus was on disaster relief and rehabilitation activities for affected communities. ACTED Myanmar is experienced in food security, water, sanitation, livelihood, and hygiene programmes. Since 2012, ACTED expanded its operations into Rakhine state, with recent projects focusing on enhancing trust and dialogues among multi-ethnic members (social cohesion), infrastructural rehabilitations, and inter-communal collaborations through job creation activities.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, ACTED also included a PPE production activity by local community members: cloth masks tailored by local women in the townships of Yangon and Rakhine. This resulted in over 173,000 masks produced benefiting over 86,000 recipients and 67 tailors found a new income generation source during the global pandemic time.

In 2020, ACTED Myanmar established the 3Zero Platform in Myanmar, seeking to build capacity, empower and bring together local civil society actors in the Yangon area to achieve a greater impact in advocating initiatives to hold governmental actors accountable and advise authorities on concrete implementation measures in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This project benefitted 27 new, active members, both organizations (20 CSOs, 5 INGOs) and individuals, of the 3Zero national Platform. The project also indirectly benefited private sector businesses, national government authorities, and decision makers through enhanced connectivity and capability of the 3Zero members.

Factsheet: Enhancing Youth Access to Safe Learning Opportunities through Sustainable Partnerships
Factsheet: Building Sustainable Solutions to Poverty and Exclusion in Myanmar
Factsheet: Promoting Social Cohesion and Peaceful Coexistence in Rakhine State
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Current projects

Enhancing social cohesion in Rakhine State through community-based projects and protection training

Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment (MSNA) for Evidence-Based Aid Planning and Delivery in Myanmar

Provision of protection services and emergency shelter to vulnerable displaced people in Loikaw, Demoso and Hpruso townships (Kayah State)

Enhancing social cohesion in Rakhine State through community-based projects and protection training for CSOs

Vocational training for a better future