Category Archives: Emerging Leaders

View from the Ground


Discretion. Resilience. Toughness. These are the qualities proving invaluable to groups working for human rights, inclusion and justice as Myanmar navigates increased ethnic tension1, an uncertain political future, a deluge of foreign investment2, and the displacement of thousands3. The government of Myanmar is targeting progressive leaders, including grantees of Partners Asia whose names we are omitting to protect their identity, with imprisonment and harassment. The government is also implementing an intolerant legislative agenda, and recently passed discriminatory “Race and Religion […]

Myint Zaw wins the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize


Partners Asia Team Partners Asia is delighted that Myint Zaw’s work to protect the Irrawaddy River has been recognized by the prestigious Goldman Prize. In February 2015, U Myint Zaw asked for support for the ‘Living Rivers” conference he hoped to hold in Yangon to keep alive the need for a united popular opposition to the Myitsone Dam. While Myint Zaw was part of a movement in the 2009-11 that ended with the abrupt decision by ex-General and President Thein […]

Taking action to strengthen local leadership


Written by Partners Asia Team The Philanthropy Workshop West (TPW) ​Members ​join Partners Asia to ​provide action grants to ​local leaders from Burma working for their communities in Myanmar and Thailand. Partners Asia has recently launched a new leadership initiative funded by TPW ​members​. ​Together they are working in consultation with a​ network of local advisors ​to identify ​local leaders and ​grassroots organizations who are engaged in developing innovative projects or expanding current programs to new communities in Myanmar. As […]

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Interview with Pwint Htun – telecommunications expert


2016 Update: Pwint, now a Board Member for Partners Asia, was also featured in Mary Kay Magistad’s excellent article at PRI.org. Pwint Htun is an early recipient of a Partners Asia Emerging Leaders grant. She is a telecommunication expert and a passionate advocate for the rural poor in Burma. She has been influential in establishing policy and envisions technology and access to information as a leveling tool. This interview highlights the importance of identifying and supporting emerging leaders and the […]

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Supporting Leaders and Promoting Respect – Women of Myanmar


Written by Zunetta Herbert Partners Asia Senior Advisor For many years Partners Asia has supported organizations quietly working to give women and girls education and other opportunities to break out of the cycle of poverty and isolation into which they were born.  These organizations, often run by women or including many women in the staff, worked with quiet determination, and did not call themselves feminists, or women activists, but were working with the communities, leading by example and alert to […]

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Women of Myanmar


Written by Mary and Heather Partners Asia contributing writers In The Face of Change Through our work with Partners Asia, we met many women in Myanmar and in the Myanmar migrant communities in Thailand.  Their presence, inner strength and resilience conveyed a powerful message about their importance in the development of what will hopefully be a new Myanmar society.  Mothers, teachers, community organizers, nuns, midwives, entrepreneurs, translators – we were profoundly moved by each of them.  Here is a collage […]

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Farewell U Win Tin – April 21, 2014


Partners Asia joins with the people of Myanmar to mourn the death of U Win Tin, who passed on Monday aged 84. U Win Tin was a founder of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in 1988 (along with Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo). Prior to that he was an author and newspaper editor. He was arrested in 1989 and spent 20 years in Yangon Insein jail – often in solitary confinement, and often tortured despite his […]

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Business Plan Training for Burmese Migrants


We spent several days in late February 2014 in Thailand presenting a training in business plan development to Burmese Community Learning Center teachers and youth leaders. THE MIGRANT COMMUNITY IN RANONG As described in a previous Partners Asia post, Ranong Community Learning June 2012, there is a substantial Burmese migrant community in and around Ranong. Located on the coast in southern Thailand, Ranong is a short boat ride from Kaw Thaung, the southern-most town in Myanmar/Burma. Burmese families have moved here […]

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EduNet educational approach


Heather and Mary Partners Asia Supporters For several days in January 2014, we have had the great good fortune of witnessing first hand how the building blocks of Burma’s new democracy can be constructed one child, one parent, one teacher at a time.  We visited four very different Buddhist monastic schools in which EduNet, a partner of Partners Asia, is working. EduNet is a small, locally-based NGO working to improve education for the very poorest children in the slums in […]

2013 Sao Thusandi Leadership Award – 6th year


Purpose of the Award: Established in 2008 by Burma Lifeline, the Sao Thusandi Leadership Award honors young people from Shan State who are committed to taking a leadership role in establishing a democratic, peaceful and thriving Shan State. The purpose of the Award is to encourage and support the awardees in their work to uphold local customs and culture and to inspire others in Shan State to follow their example in pursuit of a democratic society in their homeland, which […]