Our Context

Poverty is widespread in Myanmar, due to factors such as a previously-isolated regime, on-going conflict, internal displacement, a lack of economic opportunities, and inadequate social services. Progress can be seen: national elections, release of political prisoners, lifting of internal censorship, ceasefire agreements and the first national census in over thirty years. Yet, long-standing ethnic tensions continue to erupt in violence, displacing people internally and causing many to flee the country.