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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.

Setting up in Myanmar

STEP Democracy acknowledges year 1 achievements

As part of the European Union-funded project Support to Electoral Processes and Democracy (STEP Democracy), International IDEA Myanmar has had an active year working with the Union Election Commission (UEC) in support of peaceful, transparent and credible elections in Myanmar.

Highlights include the development of a system and regulations to accredit election observers. In 2015, more than 12,000 observers were accredited, animated voter education videos were produced, knowledge products were produced and disseminated, and an Election Risk Management Unit was established within the UEC.

Learn more about the acheivements of STEP Democracy's first year, a collaborative project.



Transition requires patience, compromise, courage (Feature article)

Myanmar is just weeks away from seeing whether the vocabulary of reconciliation and cooperation can be translated into workable arrangements between the ruling party,military and the opposition. (Op ed Myanmar Times)

Swedish Parliament Committee visits IDEA (What's new)

Lead by Chair Kenneth G Forslund, members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Swedish Parliament met with Secretary-General Yves Leterme and International IDEA’s senior management on 16 December. The visit was an opportunity for members of the Committee to learn about International IDEA’s work and key programmatic plans for 2016.

Letter from Secretary-General Yves Leterme (Editorial) In 2015 International IDEA aided important elections in Myanmar and the work for a new constitution in Nepal. We celebrated our 20th anniversary, launched the book Democratic Transitions and organized trainings, events around the globe. Read more about the work we have done and what we are hoping to do in 2016.

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