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LONGOs (Local NGOs)

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Title: Metta Development Foundation
Description/subject: "Metta is a national NGO assisting communities in Myanmar recover from the impact of decades of civil conflict." Working initially (principally?) in Kachin State.
Language: English
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: Myanmar Egress
Description/subject: [Our Mission] Promoting and nurturing democracy through fenovation (sic) of highly intelligent and politically motivated citizenry of the country: Capacity Building & Supplier of change agents... Feeding related policy inputs to the governing body : Think-Tank... Public Opinion Shaping via public media and opinion polls... Promote issues on enviroment that in turn will serve the long-term benefit of the country.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Egress
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 March 2012

Title: NGOs in the Golden Land of Myanmar
Description/subject: "We are a group of former and current NGO workers from the Golden Land who would like to serve as a bridge between our social organizations and rest of the world. Organizations may differ in their visions and missions, however, the ultimate aim of reducing human sufferring is identical. Thus, we see no reasons why these organizations cannot work synergistically to help people in need of their services."...The site has a list of local and international NGOs working in Burm, a list of UN and donor acencies, and a Red Cross list. It also has lists of: funding sources for NGOs, conferences (mainly health-related), scholarships and internships, links (but not OBL), also a chat room.
Language: English
Source/publisher: NGOs in the Golden Land of Myanmar
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 02 April 2007

Individual Documents

Date of publication: October 2011
Description/subject: "...The emerging Myanmar civil society and NGOs, with few exceptions, still generally display an apolitical appearance. Yet, over time, some aim to help produce capable leaders and strengthen local governance structures, either by engaging with the state or with nonstate actors. The role of the youth has to be highlighted. New active generations, generally not involved in armed struggle, tend to have less resentment than the elders to the state and demonstrate more openness to consensus-building. They could be called upon to play a role in the future political landscape. It remains to be seen if NGOs are actually working in the direction of a power shared system. In spite of the values they promote, NGOs in some ways continue to rely on the current stable and rigid political regime. If political constraints were abruptly removed, their opposition role would be seriously destabilised as they are somehow dependant on the status-quo maintained by the current regime. As much as they are comfortable working around a deficient system, their ability to establish an efficient one today remains to be demonstrated. Nonetheless, in the more likely event of a progressive transition, NGOs might increasingly influence local politics and potentially gain expertise to influence higher levels in the government. Greater coherence among them would be strategic for NGOs to weigh in the new decision making processes. Myanmar NGOs’ creativity and capacity to adapt to challenges doesn’t need to be proven anymore. The latest trend among the NGOs is to federate various actors, generally alien to the NGO sector, who enjoy charisma, visibility and economic influence to get their messages heard. The recent collaborations with Buddhist monks’ networks during the Cyclone Nargis relief operations are also signs of a more mature understanding by NGOs of the need to evolve and to move beyond the traditional ethnic, religious and political lines that have been sustaining the rhetoric of conflict for decades. But will they be able to cement such a diverse society where coercive methods used by the Army for half a century haven’t succeeded?"
Author/creator: Lois Desaine
Language: English
Source/publisher: ’Irasec (Carnet de l’Irasec / Occasional Paper n°17)
Format/size: pdf (
Alternate URLs:
Date of entry/update: 20 September 2012

Title: Humanitarian aid to IDPs in Burma: activities and debates
Date of publication: 22 April 2008
Description/subject: Conclusion: Agencies working outside Burma, especially opposition groups in exile and their support and lobbying networks, should be encouraged to gain a better understanding of the important assistance and protection work undertaken – despite government restrictions – by local civil society actors in Burma. Organisations working from inside Burma cannot afford to be as bold in their advocacy roles as those based in Thailand and overseas. However, the presence of local and international agency personnel in conflict-affected areas can help to create the ‘humanitarian space’ in which to engage in behind-thescenes advocacy with national, state and local authorities.
Author/creator: Ashley South
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: "Forced Migration Review" No. 30
Format/size: pdf (English, 253K; Burmese, 127K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.fmreview.org/FMRpdfs/FMR30Burmese/17-18.pdf
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2008