myanmar

Norwegian Church Aid in Burma/Myanmar

  • Presence established: 2008 (projects also supported since early 1990s)
  • Funds used in 2015: 16 million NOK

In 2015-2016, we reached 850,000 beneficiaries through our programmes in Myanmar.

  • More than 100 local civil society (CSO) and community-based organisations (CBOs) have been supported so that they can he​lp people access their rights and entitlements, such as land registration and National Registration Cards (NRC).
  • Thousands of local human rights defenders were supported in addressing human rights violations in their communities.​
  • More than 15,000 people were assisted in getting land compensation following land crabbing or destruction of their land because of natural d​isasters.
  • Through our work on Mine Risk Education, the protection concerns caused by landmine contamination are now recognised by both the government and ethnic political organisations. More than 50,000 people have been made more aware of how to deal with the risks related to landmines. Almost a 1000 mine victims and other persons with disabilities have received victim assistance.
  • Our information and advocacy efforts have reached 11,197 beneficiaries with information challenging gender-based violence and provided concrete guidance and support to victims of gender injustice.

Through a joint office and country programme, NCA and DanChurchAid (DCA) support local and national civil society in their work for human rights, development, and resilient communities. ​All our activities are aimed at fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals and that no one is left behind in Myanmar’s national development process.

How we are organized

NCA started engaging in Myanmar in the early 1990s. At that stage, the program was managed from Laos. A program office was opened in Yangon in the wake of 2008's​ Cyclone Nargis. In 2014, the NCA office obtained government registration from the Myanmar Ministry of Home Affairs and was upgraded to a NCA Country Representation. A Country Representative was hired to lead a team of six, all but one (who is based in DCA’s office in Chang Mai, Thailand) are based in NCA's office in Yangon. 

NCA's presence will be strengthened in this strategic period (2016 - 2020) as it develops a joint office and country programme with DCA, where DCA is in the lead. 

Our programmes

FIGHT INEQUALITIES

We work with communities and local human rights defenders to promote democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights and the elimination or prevention of human rights abuses and discrimination, such as gender-based violence.

We also work to build platforms where local authorities and communities together can find solutions to development issues in a participatory and accountable manner that respects rule of law and human rights.

SAVE LIVES AND BUILD RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

​Natural disasters and conflict threaten the lives and dignity of people in Myanmar. We help people recover from disasters through timely humanitarian assistance. We assist people in generating resilient livelihoods, and manage natural resources in a sustainable way.

We also work to build safer communities free of violence through our community safety methodologies and mine risk education. We support our partners’ emergency preparedness response by developing contingency and risk management plans.

Where we work

We work in the south and east of Myanmar, as well as the Dry Zone, and Shan and Kachin States, as these areas are some of the poorest in the country, affected by decades of armed conflict and frequent natural disasters.

 Our main office is based in Yangon, with a field office in Thailand. ​

See also our partner DCA's website

Who we work with

​We work with a range of stakeholders to link the work at grassroots level with national policy changes, and engage community leaders and faith-based and secular civil society organisations (CSOs), and relevant government offices on all levels. We help our local partners through capacity building,​ networking, and accompaniment. Many of our partners are highly capable of responding to crises by mobilising communities and networks for an effective response. ​​

Important documents

Partners

  • Burma Relief Center
  • Mao Tao Clinic
  • Shan Women Action Network
  • The Border Consortium
  • Karen Baptist Convention
  • Thingaha
  • Legal Clinic Myanmar
  • Myanmar Institute of Theology
  • Monastic Education Centre
  • Women's Organisations Network of Myanmar
  • Gender Equality Network GEN
  • YMCA
  • Shalom
  • Spectrum
  • Gaia Sustainable Management Institute
  • Myanmar Council of Churches