The first workshop of a four-part series of consultations in the beans and pulses sector was conducted last weekend in Magway, Myanmar. The Centre for Economic and Social Development, in collaboration with the Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO), is currently working on the development of beans and pulses sector through lobbying and advocacy activities. A vital element of this project is a series of consultations including key value-chain stakeholders, which aim to gather vital feedback on local challenges in the sector, as well as increasing awareness and understanding of the market in which products can be sold.
The CESD attended the Labour Migration Stakeholders meeting at Thingaha Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw. The event was organised by The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population (MOLIP) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and was supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Developing International Internal Migration Governance (DILM) and Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT).
The CESD recently organised a visit to Taungyyi in Shan State this month to facilitate discussions with the Shan State Regional Government along with other project partners including Impact Terra as part of the Smart Agriculture Myanmar (SAM) Project. The SAM Project is currently being implemented with Impact Terra as the lead partner along with the CESD, Satelligence, Financial Access and Wagenigen University in the Netherlands to bring about digital solutions to enhance the productivity and livelihoods for farmers in Myanmar.
We are pleased to announce our fourth-quarter newsletter of 2018 (October-December). During the fourth quarter of 2018, CESD continued to focus on labour reform, food security, and aquaculture. CESD facilitated and organised multiple workshops, field visits and other research activities across multiple projects.
The Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), in association with the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP), The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) and The Department of Fisheries (DOF), organised the final event in a series of state and regional aquaculture-sector consultations on the 18thof December 2018, at the Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF) in Yangon. (more…)
The CESD participated in the forum, “Why GSP is Essential for Decent Work and Industrial Peace”, where The CESD’s Executive Director, Dr. Zaw Oo, gave a presentation demonstrating evidence as to why the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) is essential for Myanmar’s continued sustenance in socio-economic reforms and development. The forum was organised by the UMFCCI-Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Ctum Myanmar (Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar), with the objective of discussing possible consequences of GSP withdrawal and counter-arguments for it to remain.
CESD attended the First Shan State Forum for Sustainable Fish Production, organised by the Department of Fisheries (DoF) and The Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) in Taungyyi, Shan State. During the event proceedings, the CESD also facilitated and conducted the 3rd State and Regional Consultation for the National Aquaculture Development (NADP) that closely resembled the previous consultations at Mandalay and Mawlamyine.
Last week, the CESD staff participated in a disability awareness training organised by the ICCO Regional Office South East Asia and The Leprosy Mission Myanmar. The training assisted the CESD’s researchers to better include people with disabilities from a research and policy perspective which will support the CESD’s mandate of bringing socio-economic reforms that benefit all communities in Myanmar.
The training was an appropriate run up towards The United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3rd), which aims to focus on issues that affect people with disabilities worldwide and increase awareness about these communities.
The Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), in association with the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) and in close cooperation with the Department of Fisheries (DOF), organised the second consultation of the National Aquaculture Development Plan (NADP) in Mawlamyine, Mon State this week. It marks the second event in a series of state and regional aquaculture-sector consultations for the development of the NADP.