International IDEA has been developing knowledge resources, promoting institutional development and facilitating inclusive and informed dialogue about democratic reform options. International IDEA provides objective, neutral, non-prescriptive and informative perspectives on policy challenges for Myanmar’s democratic actors and decision-makers. Since 2015, International IDEA has been working in support of inclusive, democratic elections through capacity assistance to the Union Election Commission, civil society, media and other electoral stakeholders. This is as part of the Support to Electoral Processes and Democracy (STEP Democracy) project, a partnership with the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD), Democracy Reporting International (DRI) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and with the support of the European Union. In partnership with the Parliamentary Centre, Canada, International IDEA works to build the capacity of Myanmar’s parliamentary oversight and budgetary management roles.
Electoral Risk Management in Myanmar(Feature article)
Following the operationalization of the Electoral Risk Management Unit (ERM Unit) of the Union Election Commission (UEC) back in August, IDEA has continued assisting the development of monthly risk reports. The ERM Unit has produced two of these reports in August and September.
The video of the panel discussion focusing on citizens’ involvement in the upcoming elections, peace and democracy and long-term reform is now available online. The discussion was part of International IDEA’s celebrations of International Democracy Day in Yangon Myanmar and brought together over 150 guests including the seven person strong panel moderated by Thin Lei Win, Chief Correspondent at Myanmar-Now.
Media training for election officials in Myanmar (What's new)
After the relaxing of private media limitations in 2012, Myanmar has witnessed an exponential growth of the number of media outlets, notably privately owned printed media. The political opening is so recent, that most state officials are not yet used to deal with journalists. And some, like our quoted election officer, even fear engaging with them.