The event signalled the continuing cooperation between Myanmar and the ILO, with an increasing focus on protections surrounding the rights of migrant labour and the reduction of both the social and economic expenses of labour migration. The Myanmar Government has prioritised job-creation in order to improve socio-economic status, with an emphasis on employment as a means to lift people from poverty.
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 CESD closed the year by undertaking field surveys of approximately 200 workers in 2 Sunday Cafés and the Women Centre. They are operated by the worker association Thon Pan Hla and the Women Centre, and supported by the Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar (CTUM).