Burma OTI
An 8-year-old novice Buddhist monk, Shway, poses inside the monastery adjacent to the Chaukhtatgyi pagoda.

Addressing urgent transition needs and fostering greater participation in peace and reform processes, through support to government, civil society, and other key stakeholders.


Why USAID/OTI is in Burma

The United States recognizes Burma’s recent reform efforts as the most significant opportunity in decades to engage with the people of Burma and their government in the pursuit of democracy, peace and human rights. Burma faces complex, simultaneous and multi-dimensional transitions: from authoritarian rule to democracy; from armed conflict to peace; and from a centrally managed, planned economy to market-led economic policies. The country is emerging from isolation to integrate into the regional and international community.

USAID/OTI’S Role in Burma

USAID/OTI seeks to deepen and sustain the reform process and foster legitimate, inclusive peacebuilding processes. To achieve this goal, USAID/OTI’s work in Burma focuses on the following objectives:

  • To enhance the ability of key stakeholders to engage in the peace process;
  • To facilitate public engagement in the reform process;
  • To reduce the influence of drivers of inter-communal conflict; and
  • To enable survivors of explosive remnants of war and persons with disabilities in conflict-affected areas to participate in social and economic life.

Program Highlights

  • Supported a local organization to conduct training workshops in political science concepts and local governance monitoring in Rangoon, and research community’s knowledge of local governance practice.
  • Partnered with a local women’s organization to develop and pilot the delivery of an advocacy strategy development curriculum for women’s organizations seeking to strengthen local participation in decision-making.
  • Created Burma’s first weekly live political discussion program, the “Democratic Voice of Burma Debate Program,” broadcast on satellite TV, radio and the Internet.
  • Brought together political parties, civil society organizations and ethnic armed groups to discuss the peace process and build a culture of dialogue among diverse groups.
  • Supported civil society engagement with lawmakers to craft the Association Registration Law, considered a model process for consultative legal reform.


OTI Burma Infographic - 2014
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Last updated: July 14, 2015

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