Category Archives: Hal’s Blog

Build Burma from the Ground Up


This interesting current-affairs article on Foreign Policy has been making the rounds and brings up important issues now facing and involving exactly the sorts of locally led groups that Partners Asia has been supporting for many years. As Elliott writes: [A] remarkably robust and powerful set of citizens, self-organized into groups outside of the state, has performed the necessary heavy lifting that has enabled society’s survival under a capricious and abusive military government. Many observers may have missed this because […]

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Rioting in Rakhine – Arakan State June 2012


Recent deadly clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State have sparked unrest in an area in which Partners Asia’s local partnering groups operate. This rioting in Rakhine has caused children and the families with whom our partners work have had to flee the rioting and destruction of their villages and homes. I invite you to read more about the situation: ICG Crisis Alert: Preventing Communal Bloodshed.