Maps drawn to high­light com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions in Kayin and Mon

The Myanmar Times - - News - THU THU AUNG thuthuaung@mm­times.com

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.

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