News & Events

MIID launched two new projects in the Pa-O SAZ on Tuesday 16th January. Both projects are funded by UKAID through the DaNa Facility. The first project "Improving Market Opportunities for Small Holder Farmers, Especially Women, in the Pa-O SAZ" started in September 2017 and will work with 451 households to improve agricultural productivity through value chain development, training, and creation of farmer collectives.

On 4 December 2017, at the international Development Research Centre workshop in Yangon, May Pannchi, MIID Research Coordinator, together with four other panellists, addressed questions regarding the key challenges to achieving gender equality in Myanmar and the role of gender in decentralisation, democracy and growth.
Ms Pannchi presented the MIID's new partnership project Integrated pathways to economic and political empowerment for ethnic minority women in Myanmar. 

Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development has been awarded funding by the United Kingdom's Department of International development (DfID) to explore, expand and improve existing market opportunities for smallholder farmers in the Pa-O Self-Administered Zone. The project will have a strong emphasis on assisting women and farmers in isolated and impoverished areas.

On World Bamboo Day September 18, bamboo craftsman from MIID’s project areas in Let Maung Gwe village tract, Southern Shan State, visited Yangon to show off their products at the World Bamboo Day event at the Excel River View Hotel. 
The product showing was a success, and their stand drew the attention of the organizers who were surprised to learn that they had only been making bamboo handicrafts for a year and a half.

During the last week of August a delegation from Bhutan visited the MIID Himalica Pilot Project in Shan State. The nine officials came from Tsirang District where the Bhutanese government is implementing its own Himalica Pilot Project with support from ICIMOD.

The Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID) Annual Planning Conference commenced with the arrival of teams from across Myanmar. Two days of travel for the Chin State team and one day of travel for the Yangon staff brought excited, if slightly weary travellers to Nyaungshwe Shan State, the entrance to Inlay Lake and tourist hub of the region.

MIID's Executive Director Joern Kristensen has written an article for Frontier Magazine advising the Myanmar government to follow up on the anticipated cancellation of the Myitsone Dam project. The full article is in the link below:

February 23rd marked the official opening of LIFT’s new nutrition, resilience and income programs in Chin state, of which MIID is an implementing partner through the project 'Securing Positive Nutritional Outcomes through Agriculture Extension, Nutritional Education and Institution Building in Rural Chin State' (NOAC). Dignitaries travelled from across Myanmar to attend the opening in Hakha’s Carson Hall.


10 March 2017

Following Public Participation and Natural Resources Management Trainings conducted at the end of 2016 in six villages along the Ayeyarwaddy and Thanlwin, MIID provided Agriculture Trainings at the request of communities between February and March 2017. This training aimed to improve the knowledge of the communities in agricultural practices and farming methods, increase their yields and to reduce use of chemicals inputs.