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International Investment in Myanmar: The Realities


Zunetta Herbert Partners Asia Senior Advisor As international investors and others continue to pour into Myanmar to search out deals and opportunities, one company gives a more humane view of the situation they found in special economic zones(1). The situation reported here is repeated all over Myanmar. In November 2014 Partners Asia staff traveled to Kachin State, and found that villages resettled for the abortive Myitsone Dam are now largely abandoned: the rows of brick houses with wire fences, the […]

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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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Land Rights in Myanmar – Life is Not Sweet!


by Partners Asia staff Recently, Partners Asia staff had the opportunity to talk with some villagers being defended in court by a lawyer whom we have supported. The area is in Sagaing division, Kanbalu township. To protect the villagers, we have changed their names and those of their villagers. This interview gives some sense of the issues faced by tens of thousands of farmers in Myanmar. The government established a Land Commission in parliament in 2013 to receive complaints by […]

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Women For the World


Written by Partners Asia Team Learning the Power of Saving The cycle of debt for extremely poor families in Myanmar can be crushing. All too often, desperate women secure private loans with very high interest rates to meet the gap between income and daily living expenses. Very quickly they become trapped, working to simply pay daily interest while their debt increases. Women for the World (WFW) was founded in 2004 by a handful of young women determined to break this […]

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Bridging the Gap – Migrant Education Integration Initiative


Written by Michou Tchana-Hyman BEAM Education Foundation Children of a Broken Educational System I arrived in Thailand last year and became aware of the startling number of children working on the streets and at home during normal school hours. In Chiang Mai, a bustling city nestled in the foothills that continue into Northern Thailand, many migrants come seeking work. Here, I joined The Bridging Educational Access to Migrants (BEAM) Foundation and focused on the Migrant Education Integration Initiative (MEII) where […]

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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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Yangon Monastic Schools Site Visit


A path to learning. Recently, I had the privilege of joining Kaung Nyunt, Partners Asia Special Projects Director, to visit two monastery schools near Yangon to learn more about our partners in the field. Partners Asia works closely with local Burmese NGO, EduNet, and through this partnership we improve education for children as well as strengthening communities, improving health and sanitation. Although close to the city, in the first school the level of poverty was immediately evident. Despite the lack […]

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Jack’s Blog – ON PILGRIMAGE WITH PARTNERS ASIA ACROSS BURMA


  What a joy to lead a trip with our Board Chair Hal Nathan across Burma for the Foundation Partners Asia. It has been a moving and demanding and fulfilling journey. We were a group of 15 dedicated supporters and dharma practitioners, all gracious and very engaged travelers. Much of the time we visited inspiring Partners Asia projects and met with dozens of courageous and dedicated leaders, teachers and nurses running rural village projects, women’s empowerment, HIV clinics, leadership and […]

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