• Cyberspace and Freedom of Expression in Post-Coup Myanmar

    A team of young researchers, publishing anonymously, carried out a series of focus group discussions and key informant interviews in Aug-Oct 2021, to understand youth conceptions of ‘freedom of expression’ in the online world, and how this was being affected by the country’s chaotic political environment. In addition to the narrative report, three small creative grants were issued to artists who wanted to explore and bridge the domains of political expression, technology and art. 

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  • Tea Circle Blog

    Tea Circle is a forum for new perspectives on Myanmar, highlighting analysis, research, opinions, book reviews, multi-media presentations and other types of submissions from a global community of contributors. Read the latest updates at teacircleoxford.com and email the editors to submit your post at editor@teacircleoxford.com  or teacircleoxford@protonmail.com.

  • Understanding Myanmar’s Development Research Report Series

    The report series seeks to enhance Myanmar’s knowledge development and promote academic dialogue within South East Asia.
    Published by International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC), Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar Program (K4DM) and Chiang Mai University’s Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development.

    Download the free reports: https://rcsd-cmu.bookcaze.com/

  • Voices of Ethnic People In Shan State About Gender Equality Photo Essay

    The Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID) has produced a beautiful photo essay, highlighting 16 case studies from their research to identify factors affecting women’s economic, political and social empowerment.
    Watch the videos in English, Burmese and French and read the Report.

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  • Myanmar Speaker Series: Boosting Investment in Social Science Research in Myanmar

    Over the last decade, Myanmar’s transition to democracy has faced multiple milestones and challenges. The country observed its first free elections in 2015. As Myanmar just comes out of its second democratic election this fall, the turbulence unleashed by COVID-19 will undoubtedly introduce new risks in the transition. It will also provide an opportunity for the small—but active—community of scholars from universities, think tanks, and other institutions, inside and outside Myanmar, to provide evidence and advice on how to face these risks. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi back on December 2nd, 2019, stated at the opening ceremony of the “Medical Skill, Simulation and Research Center” that “Research plays a vital role in the existence and development or progress of universities. Progress and development in research greatly support a country’s development. Among world universities, the level of our universities rises. However, compared to other universities in ASEAN countries, it had dropped. I asked why? The answer was the rapid development and progress of ASEAN universities. These universities were progressing mainly due to research. This was where we’ll have to reinforce.”

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  • Myanmar Speaker Series: The road ahead on education reform: What comes next for Myanmar?

    After gaining independence from British rule, the education system in Myanmar was a model of excellence in the Asia-Pacific. Many believed the country was heading the way of other Asian Tigers at the time. It did not. The protracted armed conflicts in the ethnic states of Myanmar since the 1950s have resulted in displacement and huge disruptions in education service delivery in these regions. During the 1960s, the education sector was turned upside-down. Not only was education severely underfunded, but also teaching became a job that lacked the satisfaction and prestige previously enjoyed, leading to the decline of the system as a whole. Given the years of isolation and academic suppression, the pedagogy of the public education system, including higher institutions at all levels, still relies heavily on rote memorization, and neglects proof of understanding or critical thinking, both of which are central to research training.

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  • Myanmar Speaker Series: How to support sub-national parliaments effectively? 2020 Elections

    November 5, 2020. Ms. Myat The Thitsar, Mr. Ivo Balinov & Mr. Thomas (Tom) Cormier.

    Decentralization as mandated by the 2008 Constitution re-introduced state/region governments and legislatures across Myanmar. This represents a central issue for the country’s long term development. The 14 sub-national legislatures have the responsibility to debate and pass local legislation and also have the formal role to debate and approve local budgets and oversee their spending. The potential of the ongoing peace process leading to the negotiation of a federal model of governance means that the roles of sub-national institutions, including parliaments, would continue to increase substantially. Against this background, the bulk of international support remains focused at the union level in the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw. Less attention is paid to sub-national parliaments across the 14 states and regions in the country. The parliamentary elections scheduled for November 8, 2020 have the potential of making sub-national parliaments even more ethnically diverse and of increasing the number of women parliamentarians.

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  • Myanmar Speaker Series: Bottom-up decision making? The Importance of Women as Local Leaders

    November 3, 2020.

    In Myanmar, despite limited moves towards decentralisation over the last decade, formal legal, policy-making and budgetary powers remain highly centralised at the union level. However, in practice, decision making at ward/village tract and village level has a large impact on citizens’ lives. Ward/village tract administrators and “100 household heads ” – the main elected community leaders – act as key interlocutors between ordinary people and higher levels of the state. So, although the vast majority of the government’s budget is centrally controlled, much of the de facto revenue collection and public service delivery is decided at local levels. Local decision-making remains highly gendered due to a persistent gender division of roles and responsibilities. In Myanmar, improving gender equality of participation in local governance bodies could result in more equitable decisions for the population.

    Burmese Language Audio Version

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  • Cyberspace and Freedom of Expression in Post-Coup Myanmar
    A team of young researchers, publishing anonymously, carried out a series of focus group discussions and key informant interviews in Aug-Oct 2021, to understand youth conceptions of ‘freedom of expression’ in the online world, and how this was being […]
  • Doing Research in Myanmar Report
    Linking science with policy is difficult in countries with top universities and well-funded research programs, but what about in developing countries? In this Asia Research News Podcast, we delve into Doing Research in Myanmar: a systematic study of how […]
  • Heroes falling through the cracks
    Migrant workers are heroes of Myanmar’s economy, but are facing extreme challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Myanmar’s Centre for Economic and Social Development recommends policies to address the crisis. Video created in English and Myanmar to promote a CESD […]
  • Myanmar Speaker Series – Towards Gender Equality: Implications for Myanmar’s 2020 Elections
    October 27, 2020. It is now 25 years since the UN World Conference on Women was held in Beijing (1995). This meeting of global leaders spurred an unprecedented push for gender equality in a number of areas. Specifically, the […]
  • Myanmar Speaker Series: Boosting Investment in Social Science Research in Myanmar
    Over the last decade, Myanmar’s transition to democracy has faced multiple milestones and challenges. The country observed its first free elections in 2015. As Myanmar just comes out of its second democratic election this fall, the turbulence unleashed by […]
  • Myanmar Speaker Series: Bottom-up decision making? The Importance of Women as Local Leaders
    November 3, 2020. In Myanmar, despite limited moves towards decentralisation over the last decade, formal legal, policy-making and budgetary powers remain highly centralised at the union level. However, in practice, decision making at ward/village tract and village level has […]



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Cyberspace and Freedom of Expression in Post-Coup Myanmar

A team of young researchers, publishing anonymously, carried out a series of focus group discussions and key informant interviews in Aug-Oct 2021, to understand youth conceptions of ‘freedom of expression’ in the online world, and how this was being affected by the country’s chaotic political environment. In addition to the narrative report, three small creative […]

Tea Circle Blog

Tea Circle is a forum for new perspectives on Myanmar, highlighting analysis, research, opinions, book reviews, multi-media presentations and other types of submissions from a global community of contributors. Read the latest updates at teacircleoxford.com and email the editors to submit your post at editor@teacircleoxford.com  or teacircleoxford@protonmail.com.

Understanding Myanmar’s Development Research Report Series

The report series seeks to enhance Myanmar’s knowledge development and promote academic dialogue within South East Asia.Published by International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC), Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar Program (K4DM) and Chiang Mai University’s Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development. Download the free reports: https://rcsd-cmu.bookcaze.com/

Voices of Ethnic People In Shan State About Gender Equality Photo Essay

The Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID) has produced a beautiful photo essay, highlighting 16 case studies from their research to identify factors affecting women’s economic, political and social empowerment.Watch the videos in English, Burmese and French and read the Report.

Myanmar Speaker Series: Boosting Investment in Social Science Research in Myanmar

Over the last decade, Myanmar’s transition to democracy has faced multiple milestones and challenges. The country observed its first free elections in 2015. As Myanmar just comes out of its second democratic election this fall, the turbulence unleashed by COVID-19 will undoubtedly introduce new risks in the transition. It will also provide an opportunity for […]

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Cyberspace and Freedom of Expression in Post-Coup Myanmar

A team of young researchers, publishing anonymously, carried out a series of focus group discussions and key informant interviews in...
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https://youtu.be/2dVtYOavI-4 Tea Circle is a forum for new perspectives on Myanmar, highlighting analysis, research, opinions, book reviews, multi-media presentations and...
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Understanding Myanmar’s Development Research Report Series

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn2557PpSys&list=PLxfceNfvkdj5n93udTYYqN50nCr8n9UWh&index=11 The report series seeks to enhance Myanmar’s knowledge development and promote academic dialogue within South East Asia.Published by International...
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Voices of Ethnic People In Shan State About Gender Equality Photo Essay

https://youtu.be/AomBRyxJRII The Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID) has produced a beautiful photo essay, highlighting 16 case studies from their research to...
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Myanmar Speaker Series: Boosting Investment in Social Science Research in Myanmar

Over the last decade, Myanmar’s transition to democracy has faced multiple milestones and challenges. The country observed its first free...
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Myanmar Speaker Series: The road ahead on education reform: What comes next for Myanmar?

After gaining independence from British rule, the education system in Myanmar was a model of excellence in the Asia-Pacific. Many...
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Myanmar Speaker Series: How to support sub-national parliaments effectively? 2020 Elections

November 5, 2020. Ms. Myat The Thitsar, Mr. Ivo Balinov & Mr. Thomas (Tom) Cormier. Decentralization as mandated by the...
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Myanmar Speaker Series: Bottom-up decision making? The Importance of Women as Local Leaders

November 3, 2020. In Myanmar, despite limited moves towards decentralisation over the last decade, formal legal, policy-making and budgetary powers...
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Myanmar Speaker Series: Working Pathways to Women’s Political Participation

October 29, 2020 The World Economic Forum's 2020 Global Gender Gap Report assesses women's empowerment across four dimensions: Economic Participation...
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Myanmar Speaker Series – Towards Gender Equality: Implications for Myanmar’s 2020 Elections

October 27, 2020. It is now 25 years since the UN World Conference on Women was held in Beijing (1995)....
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