Good Governance

A young women in Kachin state, doing household chore photo by: David Hempenstall/Oxfam
Women are less able to make their views heard in public decision-making processes in Myanmar. Therefore, budget priorities can fail to reflect their specific situations and priorities. This research looks specifically at what women understand and think about government budgets. It reveals that...
CSO respresentative is discussing his concern during the public hearing forum. Photo by: Oxfam in Myanmar
Author: Thiha Ko Ko, Programme Manager Local Governance, Oxfam in Myanmar Confiscated land is returned to farmers when Minister acknowledges their rights at public forum In Myanmar, land is a defining issue, especially for the 70% of the population who live and work in rural areas. For small-scale...
Women in Delta having community meeting, Photo by: Kaung Htet/Oxfam
A country’s budget is perhaps the most powerful tool a government has to implement its policies and advance the rights of its population. It can also be an important vehicle for holding a government to account. Together, these help to lay the foundations for a social contract built on an...
Women farmers are planting rice during the monsoon season in Myanmar's Dryzone, Photo by: Hein Latt Aung/ Oxfam
In 2011, following decades of isolation, Myanmar embarked on an unprecedented opening up and reform process. These seismic shifts have raised the hopes of its people for democratic rights and have created significant external expectations. As a result, Myanmar has been tentatively promoted as the...
Local women collecting fish and prawn beside the sea in a village or Kyauk Phyu, Rakhine State
The private sector has an ever increasing importance in the lives of Myanmar people, but not all private sector investment looks set to benefit the people of Myanmar. Oxfam and local partners are working to prepare communities for the challenges and opportunities that will come with investments...
States have a responsibility to the public to be accountable, transparent and deliver basic services. This means that deepening accountability of decision makers, and holding Government and other duty bearers to account for how they spend budgets is key for democracy. Oxfam and local partners...
Bauk Nu Aung, a young girl who is living in Kachin IDPs camp. She is a volunteer who is doing civic education as part of Oxfam's programme. Photo by: Dustin Barter/ Oxfam
Inclusive, sustainable peace is essential if people are to live free from fear of the multiple and protracted ethnic conflicts. Whilst support for a peace process is vital at local, national and international levels, communities must also be better equipped to make the most of development...
This is the women farmers in Dryzone where Oxfam implemented livelihoods programme with the funding from LIFT. Photo by: Hein Latt Aung/ Oxfam
A new report from Oxfam Riding the Wave of Reform: Fast-tracking Myanmar's future with good-quality aid argues that growing aid flows to Myanmar could harness the country's economic potential and speed up democratic reform if investment decisions include Myanmar people and are targeted at...
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