Maps drawn to highlight community organisations in Kayin and Mon
THE Local Resource Centre is providing maps of the more than 100 civil society organisations in Kayin and Mon states, the centre announced on October 29.
The maps aim to provide a deeper knowledge of the organisations and will help the LRC determine opportunities for training, mentoring, coaching and advocacy, LRC program director U Nyi Nyi Aung said.
It will also aid other humanitarian and development organisations looking for partnerships, collaborations or opportunities for expansion, he said.
He called the maps “a snapshot in time” of the various CSOs in the two states, noting that the research, which was conducted between November 2015 and February 2016, occurred during the transition of government and that those represented in the map are just a sampling.
The Kayin State map was compiled from August to October, said researcher Daw Yee Mon Hsu.
She urged organisations, especially international ones, to take local context into account, recommending that monthly stakeholder meetings take place among the CSOs, community-based organisations, faith-based groups, and local and international non-governmental organisations.
CSOs in Mon and Kayin states believe in maintaining financial independence by remaining self-funded or deriving funding from the communities they work in, as well as valuing volunteer leadership, according to the mapping research.
Mon State CSOs need to do a better job of providing opportunities for youth leadership, the researchers said, noting that Kayin State CSOs do give space to women and youth and that this has led to a greater interest in federalism and the peace process there.
According to the research, political space for civil society organisations has expanded greatly over the past few years amid liberalising reforms by then-president U Thein Sein, who took office in 2011.