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Myanmar: Strengthening Civil Society Participation in ADB-Financed Operations

Sovereign (Public) Project | 46478-001 Status: Closed

Through a technical assistance grant, ADB developed a strategy to increase civil society participation in the shaping of ADB-funded projects and programs in Myanmar. This entailed identifying key stakeholder groups, developing a consultation and participation plan, and helping bring government and civil society together to discuss development challenges and potential solutions.

Project Details

Project Officer
Thomas, Elaine C. Southeast Asia Department Request for information
  • Myanmar
  • Technical Assistance
  • Public sector management
Project Name Strengthening Civil Society Participation in ADB-Financed Operations
Project Number 46478-001
Country Myanmar
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8289-MYA: Strengthening Civil Society Participation in ADB-Financed Operations
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development - Agricultural production - Fishery - Forestry - Irrigation - Land-based natural resources management - Livestock - Water-based natural resources management

Education / Education sector development - Non-formal education - Pre-primary and primary - Secondary - Technical and vocational education and training - Tertiary

Energy / Conventional energy generation - Electricity transmission and distribution - Energy efficiency and conservation - Energy sector development and institutional reform - Energy utility services - Large hydropower generation

Finance / Banking systems and nonbank financial institutions - Finance sector development - Housing finance - Inclusive finance - Infrastructure finance and investment funds - Insurance and contractual savings - Money and capital markets - Small and medium enterprise finance and leasing - Trade finance

Health / Health insurance and subsidized health programs - Health system development - Nutrition

Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development - Small and medium enterprise development - Trade and services

Information and communication technology / ICT industries and ICT-enabled services

Public sector management / Decentralization - Economic affairs management - Law and judiciary - Public administration - Public expenditure and fiscal management - Social protection initiatives

Transport / Air transport - Rail transport (non-urban) - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development - Urban public transport - Water transport (non-urban)

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban slum development - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact More widely owned and effective projects in Myanmar
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Civil society organizations participating actively in supporting ADB operations in Myanmar
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Well-researched analysis of government-civil society relations in Myanmar and opportunities for collaboration

2. Documented plan for civil society participation in ADB-financed activities in Myanmar

3. Completed civil society brief on Myanmar

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The project's Team Leader and Consultation and Participation Officer commenced work in October 2013 and concluded at the end of 2014. Building from the analysis of the Civil Society Expert's work identifying opportunities for collaboration with civil society on ADB-Financed projects, the team conducted broad-based civil society consultations in late 2013 and through 2014 to communicate ADB policies, project-based information, and solicit feedback on civil society participation mechanisms; on-going consultations with civil society continues through 2014 in Myanmar, the US, and Thailand.

The project team worked with Project Officers and ADB staff to enhance civil society participation across ADB activities in Myanmar. Outputs included increased local community and civil society engagement during the National Seminar on Country Safeguard Systems in Nay Pi Taw in February, for the Country Diagnostic Study in Yangon in March, and in Ayeyarwady and Tanintharyi Regions for the JFPR-funded Enhancing Rural Livelihood and Income projects. Additional civil society participation took place through different approaches in other projects, as well as in Mon and Kayin State projects. Stakeholder analyses based on consultations and secondary resources have been provided to Project Officers on an on-going basis to enhance coordination and participation of civil society in ADB-financed operations. Capacity building training for civil society and private sector engagement with ADB operations took place in September-October 2014.

The project has completed a civil society consultation and participation plan which is being reviewed internally now, a civil society brief on Myanmar (which is available in English and Myanmar languages on adb.org), and stakeholder analyses for several areas where ADB has planned projects.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Civil society participation in the design of this project included a range of formal and informal meetings with local and international civil society groups, as well as with networks of organizations. ADB discussed the project design with groups both inside of and outside of Myanmar. Despite the range of civil society representatives providing inputs, several messages came through consistently: civil society in Myanmar is complex and requires understanding, and civil society participation in the design of ADB-financed projects is very important.
During Project Implementation The project is based on increasing stakeholder communication, participation and consultation, and during the course of the project, more than 50 stakeholder events have taken place. These consultations were held inside Myanmar in a range of areas where ADB is financing or planning to finance projects, as well as in Maesot and Chiang Mai, Thailand, and in Washington, DC, USA. Participants have included, among others, local organizations, large international NGOs, advocacy groups, other development partners, labor unions, non state actors, and others involved in the development of Myanmar.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consultants' inputs will approximately amount to: Civil Society Expert (1 international, 4 person-months intermittent). The Civil Society Expert will spend one month at the inception of the project on preparing a well-researched analysis of government-civil society relations in Myanmar and opportunities for collaboration. Then, later in the project, the Expert will take the lead in government relations and on facilitating components of the work plan that include government participation to ensure they are conducted effectively; Consultation and Participation Specialist and Team Leader (1 international, 12 person-months intermittent).The Consultation and Participation Specialist and Team Leader will lead all activities, including stakeholder analysis, civil society brief, and the Consultation and Participation Plan. The specialist will have a graduate degree and at least 10 years' experience working with civil society and participatory methodologies. A strong familiarity with Myanmar is necessary.
Procurement All supplies and services financed from the technical assistance will be procured in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement.
Responsible ADB Officer Thomas, Elaine C.
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, SERD
Concept Clearance 14 Dec 2012
Fact Finding 26 Nov 2012 to 14 Dec 2012
Approval 11 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2015

TA 8289-MYA

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Dec 2012 - 11 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2014 31 Mar 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 11 Dec 2012 184,784.87

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Related Publications

Title Document Type Document Date
Civil Society Briefs: Myanmar (Myanmar Language Translation) Papers and Briefs Feb 2015
Civil Society Briefs: Myanmar Papers and Briefs Feb 2015

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