USAID was the lead donor, providing more than $18 million, in support of the November 2015 elections that resulted in the first civilian-led government in more than 50 years.
USAID supported the technology during the November 2015 elections which led to the digitization of 33 million names from scratch into the voter list in a country with few computers and hundreds of dialects.
Working in partnership with the people of Burma, USAID is controlling and preventing the spread of infection diseases such as drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis.
Coffee farmers sort and select ripe coffee cherries in Southern Shan State as part of a USAID project to increase access to markets, inputs and knowledge.
Burma has embarked on what will be a long and challenging road of democratic and economic reform. Political reforms that started in 2011 have set in motion critical transitions in Burma: moving toward an inclusive, parliamentary democracy; negotiating ceasefires after decades-long civil wars; and shifting to a market-oriented economy. Although the process is not complete and there will be challenges, the United States remains committed to improving the welfare and well-being of the people of Burma.
The United States is supporting those who seek greater freedom, prosperity and dignity in Burma. USAID works to strengthen Burma’s transition to democracy, expand economic opportunity, improve health and resilience of vulnerable communities, further national reconciliation, and promote greater international cooperation.
Last updated: April 21, 2016