Myanmar’s rapid transformation presents an opportunity to address poverty and social and gender injustice. Following a history of turbulent internal conflict, the resource-rich country has begun making great strides, foreign direct investment is increasing and efforts are being made to improve the lives of the Myanmar people. However, challenges remain. Myanmar continues to be one of the poorest countries in South-East Asia with approximately one-quarter of the population living below the poverty line. The fast-paced rate of change offers an opportunity to address the development challenges faced by Myanmar but also risks further marginalising poor and vulnerable individuals. CARE, present in Myanmar since 1995, is working closely with some of the country’s most affected women and girls and their communities to help provide tools for sustainable change.
Our work in Myanmar focuses on: