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UN System humanitarian assistance
Most of the UNDP/UNOPS activities in Burma are described as "human development" projects. "Human Development" appears to be somewhere in between economic development and humanitarian assistance. Comments welcome.

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Title: MIMU maps of Burma/Myanmar and lists of NGOs/agencies
Date of publication: November 2009
Description/subject: These maps, profiles and lists cover the area affected by Cyclone Nargis as well as other parts of the country. The categories are: Affected Area Maps; Assessment Area Maps; Hazard Area Maps; Organizations Maps; Population Area Maps; Planning Maps; Snapshots Maps; Township Profiles Maps; Who, What, Where Maps & Reports.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU)
Format/size: html, pdf
Alternate URLs: http://www.themimu.info
Date of entry/update: 16 November 2009


Title: OCHA: Protection of civilians in armed conflict
Description/subject: Conflict-induced displacement. Standards, mechanisms, many links to humanitarian, relief and protection agencies dealing with internally displaced people, refugees, landmines, non-state actors, international organisations etc.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Office for the Cooordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN)
Alternate URLs: http://ochaonline3.un.org/HumanitarianIssues/ProtectionofCiviliansinArmedConflict/tabid/1114/Defaul...
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Relief Web (OCHA): Documents and links
Description/subject: Some links are rather out of date
Language: English
Source/publisher: OCHA
Alternate URLs: http://www.reliefweb.int/w/rwb.nsf/ByCountry/Myanmar?OpenDocument&StartKey=Myanmar&Expandviewument&...
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: UN Offices in Myanmar
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNOPS
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 December 2010


Title: United Nations Office for the Coordiation of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) - reports on Myanmar
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNOCHA
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 02 December 2014


Individual Documents

Title: Myanmar Humanitarian News Digest - June 2016
Date of publication: June 2016
Description/subject: "The Humanitarian News Digest is a monthly compilation of links to reports, web stories, press releases, and other public products published online by international organizations with humanitarian operations in Myanmar. The content and views expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect the views of OCHA... Web Stories and Blogs: Humanitarian aid: Five years of conflict in Kachin, Myanmar (Trócaire , 28 June 2016)... Supporting community health and harmony through Chin Lone (UNFPA, 27 June 2016)... Helping displaced people rebuild lives (U NDP, 23 June 2016)... Refugee children connected to learning at ‘Heavenly Home’ (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 17 June 2016)... Sweden Provides 30 Million Swedish Krona to Support UNDP’s Work in Myanmar (UNDP, 17 June 2016)... Developing a new roadmap for making Myanmar safe and resilient (UNDP, 16 June 2016)... Myanmar students compete in country’s first moot court competition (ICRC, 9 June 2016)... Solar pumps bring safe water to families in Myanmar (UNICEF, 3 June 20.
Language: English
Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Format/size: pdf (667K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2016


Title: John Ging, OCHA Director of Operations briefs reporters on his recent trip to Myanmar. (video)
Date of publication: 01 March 2016
Author/creator: John Ging
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNOCHA via UN Webcast
Format/size: Adobe Flash
Alternate URLs: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/OCHA%20Press%20Release_John%20Ging_Myanmar...
Date of entry/update: 03 March 2016


Title: Humanitarian Bulletin Myanmar - Issue 8 | January - March 2016
Date of publication: March 2016
Description/subject: HIGHLIGHTS: • IDPs in camps in Rakhine State urgently need repairs to their shelters ahead of the rainy season • Dry season water shortages in Rakhine State • Thousands displaced following renewed clashes in northern Shan State in February and March • Majority of people in flood evacuation sites have now been resettled, but over 3,000 remain displaced • Major assessment by FAO and WFP shows that food security and livelihoods are still at risk following 2015 floods • Putting ‘Protection’ at the heart of humanitarian action in Myanma
Language: English
Source/publisher: ReliefWeb
Format/size: pdf (250K-reduced version; 485K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/OCHA_Myanmar_Humanitarian%20Bulletin_Janua...
Date of entry/update: 17 May 2016


Title: 2015 [OCHA] Humanitarian Response Plan Monitoring Report
Date of publication: February 2016
Description/subject: "In 2015, there continued to be significant humanitarian needs in Myanmar with additional displacements and vulnerability resulting from renewed conflicts in Kachin and Shan states, and devastating floods that affected 12 of the country’s 14 states/regions. In Rakhine and Kachin/Shan states, many of the IDPs living in camps or camplike situations remain dependent on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs largely due to continued restrictions on movements and limited access to livelihood opportunities. The protracted displacement also has an adverse effect on the host communities, straining already scarce resources. The situation was further compounded by the countrywide floods that affected over nine million people across the country..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Office for the Cooordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Format/size: pdf (683K)
Date of entry/update: 05 April 2016


Title: Myanmar: Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue: 1 – 31 March 2015
Date of publication: 31 March 2015
Description/subject: "On the night of 13 March, a public ferry, the Aung Dagun 3, sank near Myebon town in Rakhine State. According to state media, the boat was carrying at least 225 passengers plus crew when it sank en route from Taungup to Sittwe. The most recent reports from state authorities indicate that 169 people were rescued and that at least 69 people died. The Myanmar Government has set up a commission to investigate the incident. The Myanmar Navy, local authorities, local community members and the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) led the search and rescue operations for survivors. Local authorities and the local community in the areas close to where the incident happened mobilized quickly and provided assistance to rescued passengers. There were many reports of heroic efforts made by the local community to rescue passengers and provide emergency assistance..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 07 May 2015


Title: Myanmar: Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue: 1 to 28 February 2015
Date of publication: 28 February 2015
Description/subject: "Fighting broke out between the Government of Myanmar Army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and other armed groups in the Kokang Self- Administered zone, north-eastern Shan State, on 9 February. The fighting continued throughout the month of February. More than 13,000 people are estimated to have been internally displaced from Kokang to other parts of the country during February, according to the Relief and Resettlement Department in Lashio. Many of these people are migrant workers who have travelled on to their places of origin in other parts of the country. The number of people who have fled across the border into China is unconfirmed. Chinese state media have reported that 60,000 people have crossed the border from Kokang into China since 9 February, and that Chinese state authorities are providing assistance to these people. Access to the Kokang Self-Administered Zone has been restricted due to the ongoing fighting. Limited information is available on the humanitarian situation and on people displaced or affected by the fighting in this area. The number of civilians killed or injured due to the fighting is unconfirmed. According to the Government’s Rehabilitation and Administrative Support Committee for the Kokang Self-Administered Zone, 3,000 people are staying at an IDP site at Border Post 125, on the Myanmar side of the border with China, with some assistance provided by the government’s Relief and Resettlement Department and local civil society organizations (CSOs). UN staff have also had access to some 950 displaced people from Kokang who are now in Namtit (Wa Self-Administered Division)."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Format/size: pdf (445)
Date of entry/update: 07 April 2015


Title: Myanmar: Humanitarian Bulletin, Issue: 1 to 31 January 2015
Date of publication: 31 January 2015
Description/subject: "On 14 January, fighting broke out in the Hpakan area of Kachin State between the Government of Myanmar Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). According to national NGOs and local authorities, over 1,000 civilians from Aung Bar Lay village and surrounding areas were displaced to Kan See village. Those displaced were staying in religious compounds in Kan See, in close proximity to the conflict area. More than 1,000 residents of Kan See village were also affected by the situation. Those displaced left their homes quickly, during the winter and without any personal items. The most urgent humanitarian needs of the newly displaced people were met by local authorities in Hpakan, as well as by the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) and national NGOs, with support from the UN and international NGOs. This includes food rations for two months, blankets, mats, hygiene, dignity and UNICEF student kits, and other basic items. Food assistance was also provided by local NGOs, supplemented by WFP, to existing IDP camps in Hpakan and Lone Khin for approximately 3,000 people."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Format/size: pdf (434K)
Date of entry/update: 07 April 2015


Title: UNDP Myanmar Annual Report 2014
Date of publication: 2014
Description/subject: "Myanmar is pursuing an ambitious, multilayered reform agenda, which includes political opening, democratization, modernizing state institutions, market re-forms, in addition to a complex peace process, aimed at brokering a settlement between the Myanmar Government and the ethnic armed groups. Related to that is an unparalleled diversity of development contexts - ranging from ongoing conflict and post conflict settings, severe rural poverty, to the challenges of fast growing urban development - which implies that development terms like poverty reduction, community resilience or inclusive governance means different things in different states and regions. This complexity poses challenges to government and development partners alike. Economically, Myanmar was forecasted to grow by about 7% in 2014, which according to preliminary government estimates seems to have been exceeded. Despite impressive economic progress, Myanmar still records low human development, positioned at 150 out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index rankings for 2014. Graduation from LDC status by 2020 has become a key mid-term policy objective of the government. Similar to other developing countries, the challenge for Myanmar is to enable growth and to tackle vulnerabilities - regions, the poor, informal workers, small farmers, women, people with disabilities, children etc - and to build resilience to economic shocks, natural disasters, climate change, conflict and civil unrest, so that its economic progress translates into developmental benefits for all over the long term."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UN Development Programme (UNDP)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 07 May 2015


Title: Mapping Humanitarian Reach in South East Burma/Myanmar
Date of publication: 31 July 2012
Description/subject: "To strengthen inter-agency coordination, TBBC and the Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU) have mapped organisational reach in South East Burma/Myanmar for the education, health care and livelihoods support sectors. Information collected by MIMU from agencies registered with the Government of the Union of Myanmar has been combined with information collected by TBBC from border-based agencies recognised by non-state armed groups. The result is a comprehensive mapping of organisational reach with input from 32 agencies funded through Rangoon/Yangon and 27 agencies funded along the border. However, due to protection and visibility concerns, the data does not include all relevant agencies. The maps highlight how aid agencies based along the border complement the efforts of agencies based in Rangoon/Yangon in responding to humanitarian needs. Given the scale of vulnerabilities and limited funding, the agencies active in each sector have been disaggregated to the township-level to facilitate information sharing and to promote a more coordinated response. While the border based responses are predominately managed by community-based organisations, the maps reflect how initiatives from Rangoon/Yangon are generally led by United Nations’ agencies and international non-governmental organisations. As the peace process evolves and opportunities to expand humanitarian access into conflict-affected areas increase, the challenge will be to ensure that international agencies build on the local capacities of these community-managed approaches."...6 MAPS -- 2 FOR EDUCATION (BASIC AND COMPARATIVE), 2 FOR HEALTH CARE (BASIC AND COMPARATIVE) AND 2 FOR LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT (BASIC AND COMPARATIVE). THE MAPS ARE ABOUT 1.8MB EACH.
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Border Consortium (TBC) , MIMU
Format/size: pdf (about 1.8MB each)
Alternate URLs: http://www.theborderconsortium.org/resources/map-room/
Date of entry/update: 31 July 2012


Title: MYANMAR: Carving out humanitarian space post-Nargis
Date of publication: 24 May 2010
Description/subject: Two years after the destruction caused by Cyclone Nargis created a rare opening for foreign assistance into Myanmar, aid workers say they still face numerous operating challenges.
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2010


Title: Human Development Initiative 2010 (UNDP Myanmar)
Date of publication: 2010
Description/subject: CONTENTS: HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AT THE CENTRE - MDG 1: Organized Initiatives for the most Vulnerable; Self-Reliance Groups in Action; Mentoring for Success; Community Leading Development... FINANCING RURAL DEVELOPMENT: Boosting Rural Finance; From Disaster, to a Hopeful Future; Every One Count... SOWING THE SEEDS OF LIVELIHOODS: Uniting Efforts for the Poores; Advancing Recovery; Rebuilding Livelihoods... REDUCING THE IMPACT OF DISASTERS: Preparation, Preparedness, and Response; Safe Shelter; Northern Rakhine State Flooding and Landslides; Cyclone Giri... ENSURING EQUALITY: Engendering Development; United against Discrimination; Living lives with Dignity; Youth Action... FOCUSING INTERVENTIONS: Sustainable Future; Healthy Lives; Education for All... UNITED PARTNERSHIPS... THE ROAD AHEAD... FINANCIAL BREAKDOWN BY PROJECT... FINANCIAL DETAILS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Format/size: pdf (4.3MB)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2012


Title: Carving out humanitarian space
Date of publication: 22 April 2008
Description/subject: Agencies working inside Myanmar to assist forcibly displaced people work within an extremely constricted operational environment. Despite occasional glimmers of hope, carving out sufficient humanitarian space to meet urgent needs remains an uphill struggle.
Author/creator: Jean-François Durieux and Sivanka Dhanapala
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: "Forced Migration Review" No. 30
Format/size: pdf (English, 768K; Burmese, 580K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.fmreview.org/FMRpdfs/FMR30Burmese/13-15.pdf
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2008


Title: Humanitarian aid to IDPs in Burma: activities and debates
Date of publication: 22 April 2008
Description/subject: Conclusion: Agencies working outside Burma, especially opposition groups in exile and their support and lobbying networks, should be encouraged to gain a better understanding of the important assistance and protection work undertaken – despite government restrictions – by local civil society actors in Burma. Organisations working from inside Burma cannot afford to be as bold in their advocacy roles as those based in Thailand and overseas. However, the presence of local and international agency personnel in conflict-affected areas can help to create the ‘humanitarian space’ in which to engage in behind-thescenes advocacy with national, state and local authorities.
Author/creator: Ashley South
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: "Forced Migration Review" No. 30
Format/size: pdf (English, 253K; Burmese, 127K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.fmreview.org/FMRpdfs/FMR30Burmese/17-18.pdf
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2008


Title: Responses to eastern Burma’s chronic emergency
Date of publication: 22 April 2008
Description/subject: Humanitarian agencies and community-based organisations are working in partnership to assist remote communities in the most contested areas of eastern Burma...Humanitarian responses to this chronic emergency have come both from agencies based inside Burma and from agencies based in neighbouring countries and working discreetly across national borders. Government restrictions on programmes and travel by international staff in remote areas were formalised in a set of guidelines for humanitarian agencies in 2006. These government regulations have particularly restricted agencies that prioritise the field presence of expatriate staff as a protection strategy.
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: The Thailand Burma Border Consortium via "Forced Migration Review" No. 30"
Format/size: pdf (Burmese, 286K; English, 414K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.fmreview.org/FMRpdfs/FMR30Burmese/20-21.pdf
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2008


Title: Search results for "Myanmar" on the ICRC site
Date of publication: 29 June 2007
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 December 2010


Title: UNDP Executive Board: Report on the second regular session 2001 (10-14 September 2001, New York)
Date of publication: 08 February 2002
Description/subject: First regular session 2002. 28 January - 8 February 2002, New York. Item 1 of the provisional agenda. Organizational matters. Including: Note by the Administrator on future assistance to Myanmar. 77. The Resident Representative introduced the note by the Administrator on UNDP continued assistance to Myanmar (DP/2001/27)... General comments on the note by the Administrator: 80. Seven delegations commended the high quality of the note and thanked the Resident Representative for a clear and informative presentation and the excellent work in Myanmar... :UNDP response 85. The Resident Representative thanked delegations for their positive comments and guidance... 90. The Executive Board adopted the following decision: 2001/15, Assistance to Myanmar The Executive Board 1. Takes note of the proposals presented in chapter III of document DP/2001/27 for future assistance to Myanmar; 2. Approves continued funding of UNDP project activities for Myanmar from target for resource assignment from the core funding (approximately $22 million) in the sectors previously outlined in Governing Council decision 93/21, and confirmed in Executive Board decisions 96/1 and 98/14 for the three-year programme-planning period (January 2002 to December 2004); 3. Authorizes the Administrator to approve, on a project-by-project basis, HDI project extensions up to $50 million in the event that additional funding becomes available from non-core resources as mentioned in chapter IV of document DP/2001/27; 4. Also authorizes the Administrator to mobilize non-core resources in order to supplement limited core resources for HDI activities proposed for the programme-planning period (2002-2004) to be implemented in accordance with the guidelines set out in Governing Council decision 93/21 and Executive Board decisions 96/1 and 98/14. 14 September 2001
Language: English
Source/publisher: Executive Board, UNDP and UNPF
Format/size: pdf (215K), Doc (182K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.undp.org/execbrd/word/dp02-1.DOC
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Future Assistance to Myanmar: DP/2001/27
Date of publication: 14 September 2001
Description/subject: Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme and of the United Nations Population Fund Distr.: General 11 July 2001 Original: English Second regular session 2001. 10-14 September 2001, New York. Item 5 of the provisional agenda. Country cooperation frameworks and related matters. Future assistance to Myanmar. Note by the Administrator. Summary: The current phase of UNDP assistance to Myanmar is expected to be concluded at the end of 2001 in line with Executive Board decision 98/14. The present report is submitted in pursuance of decision 2001/7, in which the Board requested the Administrator, taking into account the findings of the independent assessment mission to Myanmar, to submit at the earliest possible date, a proposal for continued UNDP assistance to Myanmar in accordance with the guidelines provided in Governing Council decision 93/21 and Executive Board decisions 96/1 and 98/14. The attention of the Board is drawn in particular to chapter III, which provides an outline of proposals for Board action in relation to future assistance to Myanmar.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Executive Board of UNDP and UNPF
Format/size: pdf (45K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Community Development for Remote Townships
Description/subject: A HDI project administered by UNOPS
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNOPS
Format/size: PDF (1791K)
Date of entry/update: 06 December 2010


Title: Dry Zone Food Security Project
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNOPS
Format/size: PDF (1842K) Excruciatingly long download for a short document
Alternate URLs: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/project/addressing-climate-change-risks-on-water-and-food-security-...
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: https://www.unops.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/Factsheets/English/APO/APO_MYANMAR_EN.pdf
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNOPS
Format/size: PDF (2216K) Excruciatingly long download for a short document
Alternate URLs: https://www.unops.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/Factsheets/English/APO/APO_MYANMAR_EN.pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 December 2010


Title: Human Development Initiative Support Project
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNOPS
Format/size: PDF (1801K) Excruciatingly long download for a short document
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Micro-Credit Project
Description/subject: "...Sustainable Livelihoods through Micro-Credit for the Poorest is one of 10 projects under the United Nations Development Programme's multisectoral Human Development Initiative Extension (HDIE) programme in Myanmar. It provides credit and assistance in building small businesses to people in 11 of the poorest townships in Myanmar: three in the Delta (Ayeyarwady Division), five in Shan State, and three in the Dry Zone of central Myanmar. The Micro-Credit project targets especially those who would not normally qualify for credit through the banking system: women, the landless, and other marginalized groups. Experience elsewhere has shown that with the right types of support, these people are excellent credit risks; repayment rates often approach 100%. Overall, it is hoped to benefit about 30,000 of the poorest households (200,000 people) in the 11 townships..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNOPS
Format/size: pdf (122K)
Date of entry/update: 06 December 2010


Title: Shan State Food Security Project
Description/subject: The Shan Plateau in eastern Myanmar is an extensive, mountainous upland ranging from 1000 to 2300 m in height. The area is undulating; areas that have been stripped of their natural forest are subject to severe erosion. The area covers the watersheds of four of Myanmar's most important reservoirs: Kinda, Inle, Paung Laung and Zawgyi. Erosion from the uplands threatens to clog these reservoirs with silt, endangering much of the country's hydropower production and irrigation water supplies for the lowlands. The main staple crop is rice, but many other crops are also grown, including wheat, maize, chili, cotton, potatoes, groundnuts, sesame, pulses, tea, tobacco and cabbages. The rainy season lasts from mid-April to mid- November. Farmers in Shan State face numerous problems. The soils are generally infertile, and crop and livestock yields are low. The area's isolation and lack of infrastructure make it difficult for farmers to sell any surplus produce at a profit. Landholdings are small, and population growth forces farmers to overexploit the natural resources: cutting more trees for fuelwood and clearing land on steep slopes for cultivation. This environmental degradation further reduces yields, reinforcing a vicious cycle of poverty.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Format/size: PDF (2243K) Excruciatingly long download for a short document
Alternate URLs: http://www.mamud.com/Docs/07Shan.pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 December 2010


Title: The Human Development Initiative
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNOPS
Format/size: PDF (1736K) Excruciatingly long download for a short document
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Water treatment Projects
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNOPS
Format/size: pdf (532.27 K)
Alternate URLs: https://www.unops.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/Factsheets/English/Focus-areas/GBL_FAFS_WATER_EN.pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 December 2010