Canadian international assistance in Myanmar

International Development Projects in Myanmar

2014-2015 international assistance disbursements to Myanmar (in millions of dollars)

Source
Global Affairs Canada8.95
Other departments and sources0.78
Total9.73

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is emerging from decades of isolation from the West. It has now embarked on what will be a long and challenging road of democratic and economic reform. Since 2010, the Government of Myanmar has enacted a number of reforms that have set in motion critical transitions. The international community has suspended most of its economic sanctions against Myanmar, which has elected its first democratic government in more than 50 years. Myanmar is moving toward:

  • an inclusive, parliamentary democracy
  • negotiating ceasefires after decades-long civil wars
  • shifting to a market-oriented economy

Myanmar is among the world’s poorest and least developed countries. It has an estimated population of 53.6 million, of whom at least 25% live below the national poverty line. On the United Nations Development Programme’s 2015 Human Development Index, Myanmar ranks 145th out of 188 countries.

Humanitarian needs in the country persist, primarily because of ongoing local conflicts, prolonged population displacement and continued vulnerability to natural disasters, such as floods and landslides. Myanmar ranks second globally according to the Global Climate Risk Index in terms of the threat posed by extreme weather events due to climate change.

Our international development assistance

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Since 2000, Canada has provided over $180 million in official development assistance to Myanmar, primarily through international humanitarian assistance and support of multilateral institutions. Since 2013, after Canada lifted most of its sanctions, over $95 million have been disbursed to Myanmar through all channels.

Canada focuses on implementing programs that align with the international development priorities and needs identified by the Government of Myanmar. Canada continues to provide humanitarian assistance and works with Canadian and international partners and civil society groups to reduce poverty in Myanmar, especially in the areas of greatest need.

A small but active donor, Canada’s bilateral development assistance projects include empowering women economically, managing information, understanding federalism, promoting inclusive governance, preparing for climate change impacts, and building capacity for evidence-based policy-making.

By working with Canadian and international partners, Canada is working to improve the health of women and children globally, which includes the country of Myanmar.

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