The Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) is an independent and non-political think tank supporting evidence-based policy making that mobilises development resources, both domestic and international, to bring Myanmar to her rightful place in the region and the world.

CESD undertakes public policy research across the following areas:

  • Food security
  • Migration
  • Research systems and higher education

CESD was also the coordinator of the Leading Authority overseeing the Myanmar Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (MEITI). CESD also partners with the Comprehensive Development Education Centre (CDEC), an organisation providing education and training services for youth and people working in development and several other stakeholders to fulfill its mandate. 

CESD provides training and education services for institutions and organisations contributing to the on-going process of reform in Myanmar, including:

  • training in leadership and public sector reform for Permanent Secretaries,
  • a trade negotiation capacity building workshop for civil servants,
  • public revenue model training for Internal Revenue Department staff, and
  • value chain analysis training to support rural development.


To contribute to Myanmar’s transformation towards a democratic, developed and dignified society.


To provide evidence-based policy research, results-orientated knowledge sharing, and people-centered public advocacy to support the peaceful and sustainable transformation of Myanmar.


CESD’s goals are to support the participatory process of reforms in Myanmar in achieving:

  1. Comprehensive development measured by achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  2. Economic transformation marked by the successful implementation of regional integration under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
  3. Sustained and inclusive growth with greater improvement in the standard of living at par with middle-income countries and graduation from the status of Least Developed Country (LDC).


  1. to play a central role in supporting economic reform, poverty reduction and good governance;
  2. to receive feedback on the progress of reforms and to review and inform the on-going policy execution;
  3. to implement special programs and projects critical to the success of reforms, supplementing legitimacy deficits, weak organizations or poor capacities of public institutions;
  4. to provide training and education services for all key institutions and organizations that contribute to the process of reform;
  5. to offer innovative solutions to overcome binding constraints to the transition.