NRGI's Myanmar Program

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About NRGI's Myanmar Program

The Natural Resource Governance Institute's Myanmar program emphasizes EITI as an entry point and tool for broader policy reform. In July 2014 Myanmar was accepted as an EITI candidate country.

Our activities support civil society, parliamentarians, academics and the media to organize and build their capacity to participate effectively in the EITI process and increase their positive engagement in extractives governance more widely. We also offer technical assistance to reformers in government who contribute to more-inclusive debate on the future of Myanmar's natural resources.

One of the core objectives of the program is to increase informed public debate on extractives. We do this through supporting local partner organizations to conduct research and build an evidence base on which civil society can form their policy priorities and recommendations on EITI scope. In addition we conduct NRGI-led research on key sectoral issues such as revenue-sharing and licensing.

NRGI fosters dialogue between stakeholders and contributes to coalition-building amongst a broad-based civil society network that is inclusive of Myanmar's diverse ethnic groups. Our trainings build improved specialized capacity and knowledge about extractives governance for key oversight actors as well as government. We also facilitate the participation of members of parliament, government and civil society to attend regional and international events and trainings.

Activities are implemented directly by NRGI (in collaboration with local partners) and through NRGI grants to local civil society organizations.

Our Partners in Myanmar

The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have supported NRGI's Myanmar program since September 2013. The project goal is effective EITI implementation that includes strong civil society representation of citizens' interests so as to generate extractive sector transparency and accountability, and to contribute to Myanmar's broader reform agenda.

In May 2014 the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs began additional support to NRGI's Myanmar program. This project will build capacity of parliamentarians, media and researchers to improve extractives sector transparency and accountability in Myanmar, in particular through successful EITI implementation.

NRGI provides grants to both the secretariat and member organizations of the Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability (MATA). MATA is a coalition network that currently represents more than 300 civil society organizations from all of the country's 14 regions/states. MATA is the key coalition driving civil society's engagement in Myanmar's EITI. These groups work to improve transparency and accountability around natural resource governance. The MATA secretariat facilitates meetings, research, capacity-building efforts and dissemination of extractive industry-related information and news. The secretariat is also responsible for organizing networking activities and providing technical support to its members.

Matthieu Salomon
Asia-Pacific Regional Office
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Ko Ko Lwin
Myanmar Program
+95 92 543 85348