Building up youth capacity
Working with government agency
Supporting positive change
Working with partners
Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Myanmar
Myanmar is one of the largest countries in South East Asia with a population of about 60 million, an ethnically diverse populace and an interesting history. Although Myanmar (previously known as Burma) had a Parliamentary Democracy system after its independence in 1948, the democratic practices in Myanmar ceased in 1962 due to a military coup. Since that time, up to 2010, Myanmar was under military dictatorship, so for nearly 50 years. Since 2010 Myanmar started transiting towards a Democratic system and looking forward to a brighter future. 2015 saw the first transparent, credible general elections and Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD won around 80% of the seats in parliament in a landslide victory. The military still holds 25% of the seats by law but still, the Parliament is more democratically legitimated than ever in the 50 years before and the country seems to stride towards a real democracy.
The Foundation, an active actor in promoting liberalism and democracy around the world, has supported democratic transition of Myanmar by promoting economic freedom, rule of law and liberalism; and opened an office in Yangon in 2013. The Foundation firmly believes that individual freedoms and responsibilities are prerequisites for an open, free and democratic society.
The Foundation is currently working together with governmental institutions, parliamentarians, judges, lawyers, and civil society to support strengthening democratic institutions,improving the economic viability of small and medium enterprises through policy reform and fair competition, strengthening legal frameworks to improve rule of law, tackling corruption and enhancing the capacity of relevant stakeholders.