Myanmar. March 2017.
The TAGOR project (2014-16) in Myanmar has focused on engaging and mobilizing youth, religious leaders, and other key stakeholders to contribute to public dialogue on natural resource governance. An improved public dialogue and higher capacities of participants are seen as foundations for improved governance, and the particular focus for the project has been on the Shwe Natural Gas Pipeline.
This is a scheduled, end-of-project evaluation. Its focus is on the achievements, design, and operation of the project within the changing Myanmar context, and the added value by NCA and in-country donor representatives 3. Lessons and recommendations for future programming.
Key findings and recommendations
The intended outcome is that civil society actors contribute to public dialogue on transparency and community rights in oil/gas extraction in Myanmar. The main contributions to public dialogue are through the two conferences about a possible Sovereign Wealth Fund/Natural Resource Fund, as well as training relating to Social Accountability. Many civil society members are expected to have increased their awareness due to the project, which can add to public dialogue, although it is hard to capture how many, their awareness levels, or their application of this awareness.
The main recommendation is that NCA programming in natural resource governance in Myanmar should focus on land rather than extractive industries or broader natural resources. The purpose should be enabling communities to be aware of their rights and to claim them, and to be able to voice their needs to various stakeholders, government, private and civil. In addition, the program should encourage adaptations to changes in context and be flexible.