Support for civil society
Burma/Myanmar in brief
|Capital:||Naypyidaw (since November 2005, formerly Yangon)|
|Population:||51,486,253 (2014 census)|
Since the end of the military junta, independent civil society initiatives have been developing rapidly around the country. While the current civilian government still maintains a considerable amount of control over the society, it has introduced a number of liberal reforms that has allowed for more room for non-governmental organizations’ activities. Activities of these groups – such as awareness rising campaigns among the general public about matters of politics and human rights – are fundamental for the country's shift towards democracy.
In today’s Myanmar, there is a number of social, educational, and community associations that are working to improve schools, to spread awareness about civic-political affairs and to monitor human rights violations. Their activities respond to the particular needs of people living in various areas. People in Need has long supported these non-governmental organizations not only financially and technically, but also through education, specialised consultation and by providing them with informative materials.
In November 2015, were after decades of military rule held first democratic elections in Myanmar with the oposition party winning an absolute majority of seats (80%). Altough the oposition has been celebrating this success, burmese civil society will face series of tough tasks which should lead the country towards the fulfillment of democratic values and country’s overall development. Despite a number of previous liberal reforms will be the following period crucial for the country’s future development and particurarly an active involvement of civil society in public decision-making processes and promotion of human rights standards.
Contributions of community organisation members are very often the only incomes of these organisations, which are then used for direct support to beneficiaries. Only 10% of community based organisations have chance to get support from local or international non governmental organisations. Local civil society organisations face to lack of funds and capacities for improvement of their services te be able to help effectively in their communities and cover costs needed for community development and capacity building and educational projects.