A joint effort between CESD and the Social Protection and Jobs team at the World Bank Myanmar resulted in rapid assessments across 6 regions across Myanmar in the span of 3 months. The recent field visit to both Mon and Kayin States marked the final phase of a series of assessments aimed at understanding the labor mobility patterns within Myanmar. These efforts are geared towards developing effective labour policies that are reflective of the current situation in the country which also answers the needs of the communities.

The rapid assessments started in February 2018 with field visits in Yangon and Ayeyarwaddy, followed by second phase visits to both Mandalay and Magway in March 2018 rounding off the last phase with visits to Mon and Kayin regions in May 2018. In the final phase, the team had an opportunity to interview key informants including migrant families, return migrants, Labour Exchange officers (LEO) and representatives from the civil society organisations. These stakeholders were specifically targeted because of their insight and personal experiences related to migration which would help in shaping policies that enable safe migration and mobility to improve livelihoods of communities in the country. During the last visit, the team specifically had the opportunity to visit the HelpAge office and the Myanmar Migrant Monitoring Group to understand the the role of civil society in local communities and get an understanding of their projects in these regions to help support communities present here.

Overall these findings will contribute to the 2nd National Plan for Action (NPA) for the Management of International Migration for Myanmar. This is indicative of CESDs’ vision and mandate to advocate evidence-based policy reforms that take into account local communities’ current needs. Read more about the previous rapid assessments here.

Rapid Assessment

(Pictured) Focus Group Discussions being conducted at HelpAge in Kawt Pa Lwey in Kayin State