The Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar initiative nurtures a new generation of young actors to promote inclusion, gender equality, respect for diversity, and prosperity for all in Myanmar.
Following the February 2021 overthrow of Myanmar’s democratically elected government by the military, support continues for evidence-based public policy to achieve gender equality within a federal and inclusive democratic future.
Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar was launched in 2017 by Global Affairs Canada and IDRC. An initial investment over five years helped to strengthen local research and analytical capacity after decades of systematic underinvestment that had eroded Myanmar’s internal capacity to generate sound advice for public policy.
With renewed support from Global Affairs Canada, as announced in June 2022 as part of Canada’s strategy towards Myanmar, and IDRC, the current four-year phase of programming builds on this initial work and aims to protect gains in Myanmar’s civil society, with a particular focus on gender equality.