A healthy and thriving research environment, especially social science research, is indispensable in the development and growth of country as well as contributing to the overall wellbeing of its citizens. However, the opportunity to nurture such an environment has not been available to Myanmar due to decades of authoritarian rule where universities were severely limited in their resources or closed outright and independent inquirywas not encouraged. Through the election of a quasi civilian government, increased liberalization and contact with the international community Myanmar is at a critical point where the groundwork that would allow research to occur needs to be set.
CESD is a local partner of the International Development Research Council (IDRC) in participation of IDRC’s Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar. Along with the support of Global Affairs Canada this initiative seeks to empower young researchers and future leaders in Myanmar through capacity building for individuals and organizations as well as supporting research.
With funding from through the IDRC’s initiative and a working partnership with the Global Development Network (GDN), CESD has been endeavouring to understand social science research landscape in Myanmar through the lens of GDN’s Doing Research Assessment (DRA) framework. By understanding the economic, political, cultural and historical context of Myanmar as a it pertains to doing research, identifying systemic barriers to doing research and gathering first hand accounts from researchers, administrators and policy actors the CESD seeks to produce a comprehensive and up to date analysis of the research environment in Myanmar. It is hoped that the results of this research will yield insights into opportunities for the improvement of the social science research system in Myanmar that would contribute to maintaining and accelerating her development while being in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.