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CESD works with the Union, State and Regional governments of Myanmar, multilateral institutions and other stakeholders, to conduct research on a range of economic, development and social issues, and to advocate for public policy changes.

In 2012, CESD played a central role in the development of the Framework for Social and Economic Reform (FESR) (PDF, 46 pages, 662Kb), which was adopted by the Government of Myanmar in December 2012. This strategic policy framework served as a guide to economic and social reform across different industries and government initiatives during 2012-2015.

CESD focuses on three program areas:

CESD is also the coordinating body for the Leading Authority of the Myanmar Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (MEITI).