International IDEA works with democratic stakeholders in Myanmar to consolidate the transition to democracy, contributing in particular to electoral processes, democratic oversight of the parliament, and strengthening of constitutional expertise in the country. International IDEA established its presence in Myanmar in 2012 and has offices in Yangon and Naypyidaw.
Through three key projects, MyConstitution, Support to Electoral Processes and Democracy (STEP Democracy), and SHWEBO - Support Hluttaw Work for Excellence in Budget Oversight, we are developing knowledge resources, promoting institutional development and facilitating inclusive and informed dialogue about democratic reform options in Myanmar.
MyConstitution supports partners in Myanmar to strengthen their expertise on constitution building with a view to building a home-grown, well-informed, and inclusive constitutional culture. We do this by providing:
- On-demand expert advisory services to those involved in negotiations and decision-makings relating to constitution building.
- Tailored learning on a range of relevant constitutional issues relevant to the context of Myanmar and based on comparative experiences from around the world.
- Opportunities for dialogue on constitutional issues.
- Knowledge materials and research on constitutional issues in Myanmar language Practical tools and support to adapt well-established assessment methodologies to the Myanmar context.
The MyConstitution project is hosted by International IDEA (Myanmar). The project is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden.
Support to Electoral Processes and Democracy (STEP Democracy)
As part of the European Union-funded project Support to Electoral Processes and Democracy (STEP Democracy), International IDEA Myanmar has worked 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.
The current phase of the programme (2018-2021) continues to support political parties, CSOs and constitutional sub-national governments in reform processes that are more participatory, transparent, accountable, inclusive and reflective of stakeholder needs. STEP Democracy’s comprehensive elections program supports key electoral stakeholders, namely the national and subnational levels of the constitutional UEC, political parties, CSOs, constitutional sub-national governments and voters and first-time voters.
As of 1 February 2021, the programme continues to contribute to its long term objective of supporting a democratic Myanmar by conducting research and analysis, leading to knowledge products as a basis for genuine democratic reform.
Download the 2020 General Election in Myanmar Fact Sheet.
SHWEBO - Support Hluttaw Work for Excellence in Budget Oversight
Launched in December 2019, SHWEBO - Support Hluttaw Work for Excellence in Budget Oversight, is an International IDEA’s four-year initiative to improve parliamentary budget oversight in Myanmar. SHWEBO provides parliamentarians and parliamentary staff members at the Union and State/ Region levels with action-oriented, interactive learning experience in acquiring new knowledge and skills and improving their oversight performance in the annual budget cycle through the three lines of activities: capacity development, technical assistance, and research and analysis.
This project is funded by two partners: the European Union and the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
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