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Paper: Decentralization in education

This discussion paper examines decentralization within the formal education system in the Yangon Region and Mon State. Issues considered are the arrangements between the central government and the states for the management of education, including budgets, human resources, curriculum, policy frameworks, and overall decision-making authority. It concludes with consideration of the challenges and opportunities for further decentralization, while also highlighting some of the risks to the education system that may arise as outside funding increases.


Paper: Determinants of choice of health facilities

MDRI-CESD supported research and analysis of the use of the social security scheme, the sole health insurance scheme in Myanmar. (more…)

Driving the rural development agenda

MDRI-CESD’s provided input to Myanmar’s Rural Development Strategic Framework at a national workshop in November 2013, as reported on the LIFT website.


Paper: State and region governments (Exec summary & papers)

CESD and The Asia Foundation’s “State and Region Governments in Myanmar” paper describes the government structures created  under Myanmar’s 2008 Constitution, and the relationship of these governance bodies with broader governance, peace and decentralization processes.


Press release: report finds decentralization a major challenge for Myanmar’s on-going reforms

A new study by The Asia Foundation and the Centre for Economic and Social Development of the Myanmar Development Resource Institute was released today which analyzes the state and region governments created under the 2008 Constitution, and their relationship with broader governance, peace and decentralization processes.


Event: Launch of state and regional governments report

31 August 2013, International Business Center, Yangon


Background paper: Rice productivity improvement

Rice productivity in Myanmar has stagnated in comparison with other rice producers in the region. Once the world’s largest rice exporter, Myanmar is now a relatively minor player. However, the nation’s export potential remains high because of abundant land and water resources, progressive policy reforms, increased agricultural investment, and international engagement. Growing global demand for rice, increasing public and private investment in infrastructure, and the potential for significant yield increases, all point to a strong return on investments to improve rice productivity in the country.


Report: Strategic agriculture and food security diagnostic

Despite its enormous potential, Myanmar’s agriculture has under-performed over the past fifty years.


Background paper: Rural finance in Myanmar

This background paper is part of the overall diagnostic review of agriculture and food security in Myanmar, undertaken by MDRI-CESD in partnership with the Michigan State University, on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


Paper: Strategic choices for agriculture

The Government of Myanmar and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation face important decisions about the future direction of agriculture. Myanmar’s agricultural potential is enormous given the country’s resource endowments and favorable geographic location. As growing water scarcity constrains production around the globe, and particularly in neighboring China and India, Myanmar’s water resources will offer a significant agricultural competitive advantage. In addition, the country’s diverse topography and eco-systems enable farmers to produce a wide range of cereals, pulses, horticulture, fruits, livestock and fish.