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Accessing Myanmar’s budget data online

The Open Myanmar Initiative (OMI), a nonprofit orginization promoting the right to information and education, recently launched their online budget dashboard, providing access to up-to-date budget data from the Union and State and Region governments. The project was lead by Giles Dickenson-Jones, CESD Research Fellow, as part of the State and Region Public Finances in Myanmar report.

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ARTNet shares CESD’s minimum wage working paper with broader research community

CESD’s recent working paper on the implementation of Myanmar’s new minimum wage features in the ARTNeT August 2016 newsletter. ARTNeT is the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade, a network of leading trade research institutions and think-tanks, with a community of more than 1,000 individual researchers from across the Asia-Pacific region. CESD has been an active member of ARTNeT since May 2016.

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Contributing partner for the Global Poverty Reduction Inclusive Growth Portal (GPIG)

CESD is a contributing partner to the The Global Poverty Reduction Inclusive Growth (GPIG) Portal, established as a means of sharing poverty reduction knowledge and best practice in the region and around the world. As part of CESD’s role in sharing knowledge and expertise in the region, CESD was confirmed as moderator for the “Gender and poverty” category page, and Myanmar country page of the GPIG portal in July 2016.

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Issues paper: Women and poverty issues – Myanmar experience

Examining the issues related to women living in poverty in Myanmar, this short paper shares Myanmar’s experience on poverty reduction and inclusive growth as a means of alleviating poverty for women in Myanmar.

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CESD lecture on private enterprises at the University of Economics

The CESD Labour Team presented research results on labour relations and regional economic integration of private enterprises to Masters of Public Administration (MPA) students at the Yangon University of Economics (Kamaryut Campus) in August 2016.

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Presentation: Private enterprises in Myanmar regional economic integration and labor relations

The level of regional economic integration and labour issues in Myanmar’s private enterprises are highlighted in a presentation prepared for Masters of Public Administration students at the Yangon University of Economics.

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Ongoing discussions on reform of state and region governments

The initial research paper on state and region governments, prepared by CESD and The Asia Foundation (TAF) and released in September 2013, continues to support discussions on the operations of state and region governments, and the challenges and opportunities they face. The state and region governments were established under the 2008 Constitution and experienced significant changes to their composition following the 2015 elections.

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“Circular migration a possible Thai-Myanmar compact?” by Dr Zaw Oo, Nikkei Asian Review

CESD’s demographic research surveys in Mon State in 2015 revealed some startling figures on migration – nearly half of all households surveyed had sent at least one person to live and work in Thailand. Dr Zaw Oo, CESD Executive Director, discusses the research results, and the impact of these, in an article in the Nikkei Asian Review on 23 June 2016. To manage this trend, Dr Zaw Oo proposes a long-term compact between Thailand and Myanmar, based on the concept of “circular migration.” Such a compact could help Myanmar migrants in Thailand integrate better, providing better and higher-skilled manpower, while also assisting migrants when they return to Myanmar.

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Stakeholders discuss the establishment of a minimum wage in Myanmar (short documentary)

CESD, in partnership with IDRC have produced a short documentary on the recent process to establish a minimum wage in Myanmar.

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Exploring different perspectives on Hlegu Township’s economic development

In May 2016, CESD brought together representatives from Hlegu Township’s farming, labour, education, and business associations, media and civil society for a round-table discussion on Hlegu’s economic development. The discussion was part of CESD’s work with the International Growth Centre  to undertake research and provide recommendations to address development challenges in Hlegu Township.

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