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

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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.

This paper also provides a review of Myanmar’s decentralization reforms, and establishes a foundation for the Subnational Governance in Myanmar Discussion Paper Series subsequently released by CESD and The Asia Foundation.

This paper examines three aspects about the government arrangements in Myanmar:

  1. What is the constitutional, legal and institutional framework for state and region government, and what is the policy direction of decentralization reform?
  2. What are the outcomes of these reforms in the states and regions, and how do they vary?
  3. What challenges, opportunities and ways forward are there to improve subnational state-building, service delivery and conflict management?

Research findings are available in English and Myanmar languages (via the links below). An Executive Summary (in English and Myanmar languages) is also available.

Publication name: State and region governments in Myanmar

Author(s): Hamish Nixon, Cindy Joelene, Kyi Pyar Chit Saw, Thet Aung Lynn and Matthew Arnold

Supported by: The Asia Foundation

Publication date: September 2013

Language(s): Myanmar and English

Download the report from the following link(s):

View the associated press release, “Report Finds Decentralization a Major Challenge for Myanmar’s On-going Reforms”, via the media tab (above).

View photos from the launch of the report in Yangon, 31 August 2013.