The Diplomacy Training Program’s (DTP) regional capacity building program on human rights and development was held in Yangon Myanmar from May 4-13, 2015 with 25 participants from eight countries. The participants were drawn from NGOs across the region.
The program addressed issues central to Myanmar’s future – the need for economic development that respects and realises human rights. Civil society has been a key driver of political and democratic change in today’s Myanmar, meaning there is more space for advocacy in Myanmar than previously, particularly in Yangon, although dissent is still risky. In this environment civil society advocates are facing many new challenges, including challenges that new economic investment is bringing, as communities challenge the seizure of their land by companies with the support of officials, environmental damage that threatens their livelihoods, corruption and violence.
The program was organized in partnership with the Smile Education and Development Foundation and Equality Myanmar.
This is made possible through funding from the Australian government, the Ford Foundation and Oxfam Australia – as well as the Friends of the Diplomacy Training Program.