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Title: ADB GMS page
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 27 January 2004


Title: IFI-Burma - discussion group
Description/subject: Updates on development schemes in Burma, with particular focus on bilateral and multilateral assistance; concerns and strategies.
Language: English
Subscribe: IFI-Burma-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: IFI-Burma Project
Description/subject: "The Burma Project conducts research and analysis on issues of development assistance from international financial institutions (IFIs) to Burma, with a particular focus on multilateral development banks (MDBs). The Burma Project also provides current information on these issues to members of civil society who work to protect human rights and the environment in Burma, so that they may be equipped with necessary knowledge, skills and a working network to assist them in ensuring that operations of MDBs in Burma are conducted in a socially and environmentally accountable manner, and truly benefits citizens..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Bank Information Center
Subscribe: IFI-Burma-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Format/size: html, Word, pdf
Date of entry/update: 18 June 2003


Individual Documents

Title: The Multilateral Banks and Burma
Date of publication: April 2004
Description/subject: "The Asian Development Bank has quietly started providing modest assistance to Rangoon. Is more to follow?... On April 8, 2004 Mitch McConnell, a prominent American senator from Kentucky with an interest in the Burma debate, expressed concerns over multilateral assistance to Burma and threatened to cut US funding to institutions that might provide such assistance. At a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, he stated: “Unfortunately, I am hearing that international financial institutions—particularly the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank—are keen on re-engaging Burma. They do so at their own risks, and should begin finding other funding sources for the upcoming fiscal year because none will be forthcoming from this Subcommittee.” Senator McConnell’s statement reflects the unease shared by many in the Burma democracy movement about multilateral assistance going to Rangoon, which has a poor track record regarding transparency and public participation in development projects and has been accused of a range of human rights abuses. So what exactly are the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, or ADB, doing with respect to Burma? As yet the numbers are small, but imply an effort to renew assistance..."
Author/creator: Yuki Akimoto
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 12, No. 4, April 2004
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 July 2004


Title: GMS Regional Economic Cooperation Strategy and Program (RCSP) 2004-2008. The GMS - beyond borders
Date of publication: March 2004
Description/subject: The principal URL goes to the main text. The appendices are accessble from the RCSP page, given by OBL as an alternate URL.... "The Regional Economic Cooperation Strategy and Program (RCSP) is a road map to guide ADB’s regional operations in the Mekong Region... Consistent with ADB’s overarching goal of poverty reduction, the RCSP aims to reduce poverty in the region. To achieve this, it defines a five-year strategy supported initially by a 3-year program of assistance... The strategy was approved in March and presented to the ADB's Board of Directors. It was prepared through consultations with governments, NGOs and civil society. Earlier drafts of the RCSP were presented to GMS governments in December 2003. In January 2004, a draft was circulated to NGOs. It was discussed at a Tripartite Meeting in Bangkok on 27-28 January where NGOs, GMS governments, and ADB attended. Read the executive summary. We welcome public comments on the present, revised draft, which incorporates ongoing consultations. The RCSP will be updated regularly through continuous consultations with stakeholders. Contents: Executive Summary; 1. The Mekong People; 2. The Economic Context; 3. GMS - Beyond Borders; 4. GMS: Connectivity, Competitiveness, and Community; 5. Making it Happen: The GMS Strategy; 6. ADB's Program for the Greater Mekong Subregion; 7. Towards 2008 - Assessing the Strategy and Potential Risks... Appendixes: 1. Greater Mekong Subregion Poverty Map; 2. Major Ethnic Groupings; 3. Millennium Development Goals (8 Tables); 4. Economic Indicators (15 tables); 5. Greater Mekong Subregion Principal Programs and Projects; 6. Greater Mekong Subregion Development Assistance Coordination Matrix; 7. Asian Development Bank-Assisted Greater Mekong Subregion Projects; 8. Indicative ADB Program for Greater Mekong Subregion: 2004-2006; 9. Concept Papers for Lending Products: 2004-2006 10. Concept Papers for Nonlending Products: 2004-2006.." T
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Format/size: html, pdf
Alternate URLs: http://www.adb.org/documents/greater-mekong-subregion-beyond-borders-regional-cooperation-strategy-...
Date of entry/update: 19 August 2010


Title: Regional Cooperation and Strategy Program (RCSP) 2004-2008. The GMS - beyond borders (draft executive summary)
Date of publication: 06 January 2004
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 27 January 2004


Title: Marketing the Mekong: the Asian Development Bank and the Greater Mekong Sub-region Economic Cooperation Program
Date of publication: 12 December 2003
Description/subject: Shortcomings of economic cooperation in the Greater Mekong...The Greater Mekong Subregion: A Regional Fantasy... The document critically examines the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation (GMS) Programme, which was initiated by the Asian Development Bank in 1992 to boost economic development in the resource rich region. It outlines the main features of the programme and highlights the shortcomings and problem of the GMS: * the centrality of natural resource exploitation (water, land, forests, energy, minerals, fisheries) results in the large-scale expropriation of resources crucial to daily sustenance * the distribution of benefits is uneven since participating countries have differing levels of development and capacity (i.e. what does the Lao PDR gain from the East-West Corridor?) * internal disparities within participating countries are widened because of pockets of high capital and infrastructure investment in specific parts of countries, which can result in tensions and conflicts between national and local government, and between the government and the people * the vision of development promoted through the GMS serves regional investment, and not national or local development priorities: projects are formulated based on their potential for profits for investors rather than on their potential to respond to social, economic, ecological or institutional needs among local and national communities * GMS projects have already resulted in negative impacts on local communities through road and hydropower projects, impacts include displacement of families, loss of livelihood sources, loss of lands, among others * in the GMS framework, the rights of investors are protected, but the rights of local people and communities are not * local-national communities outside of governments and private sector have not been involved in drawing up GMS plans * the financing of GMS projects have tremendous debt implications for participating countries: new forms of project financing are creating new forms of debt and financial liabilities * governments play conflicting roles as owners, investors and regulators in public-private partnerships in infrastructure projects * GMS projects facilitate the transfer of local-national wealth to private actors external to the Mekong region.
Author/creator: Shalmali Guttal
Language: English
Source/publisher: Focus on the Global South
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 25 January 2005


Title: Verbrannte Erde und Überflutungen: Staudammprojekte am Salween in Burma
Date of publication: October 2003
Description/subject: Ein Artikel über die Aktivitäten der ADB in Burma, Staudammprojekte am Salween, Umweltkatastrophen, ölkologische Folgen der Staudammprojekte. activities of the ADB concerning Burma; environmental, ecological and sicial consequences of dam-projects
Author/creator: Daniel Apolinarski
Language: Deutsch, German
Source/publisher: Burma Initiative Asienhaus
Format/size: pdf (99K)
Date of entry/update: 05 December 2003


Title: ADB Country Assistance Plan, Myanmar 2001-2003
Date of publication: December 2000
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Development Bank
Format/size: PDF (254K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.adb.org/documents/country-assistance-plan-2001-2003-myanmar
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Destruction and violation: Burma's border development policies
Date of publication: February 1999
Description/subject: The military dictatorship governing Burma is currently using the discourse of development to legitimise its domination of the border areas. Curtis W. Lambrecht examines the regime and its development policies including its destructive effects on the communities it is supposed to be helping.
Author/creator: Curtis W. Lambrecht
Language: English
Source/publisher: Watershed Vol. 5 No. 2
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.threegorgesprobe.org/probeint/mekong/articles/990111.html
Date of entry/update: 19 August 2010


Title: ADB: Greater Mekong Subregion -- Myanmar
Language: English
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: ADB: Greater Mekong Subregion -- Yunnan
Language: English
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Greater Mekong Subregion - ADB
Description/subject: Implementation of the Yadana-Ratchaburi Myanmar-Thailand Gas Pipeline Project
Language: English
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Probe International
Description/subject: Search results for "Burma"
Language: English
Source/publisher: News and Periodical Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 19 August 2010