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An experience sharing forum on local governance practices in Myanmar was organized at Royal Rose Restaurant on 9th September 2017. It was organized by Learning and Action Group for Local Governance (LAGLOG), a working group with specific focus on local governance. Core members of LAGLOG working group including Oxfam, Spectrum, Scholar Institute and other 25 organizations participated in the forum.

The aim of the forum was to share experiences, lessons learned, challenges and success stories of local governance work from different organizations. There were four main topics discussed in the forum: participatory local planning, social accountability, municipal governance and policy influencing.

As part of participatory local planning, ActionAid Myanmar shared their work on bottom up planning process and citizen charter book. Pact Myanmar presented one of their projects called “Shae Thot" which focuses on maternity health, livelihood, food security, water and sanitation. Pact Myanmar discussed about their experience on forming and working with village development committees.

For social accountability, Oxfam shared social accountability process and tools, they also explained on their previous and current projects regarding on social accountability. Yaung Ni Oo, a community based organization, shared one of their success case stories and their work. Yangon Watch Group presented municipal governance process in Myanmar. Pyoe Pin and NAG explained their work on policy influencing.

After that, participants discussed participatory local planning, social accountability, municipal governance and policy influencing and which was followed by group presentations. Then panel discussion on the four main topics was conducted, of which the panelists were Daw NyoNyo Thin (Yangon Watch), U Bobby Maung (NAG), U Shwe Thein (Land Core Group) and U Tin Maung Than (Consultant). They stressed the current situation of the country, given the four topics. Estimated 100 representatives from civil society organizations across the country and LAGLOG members attended the forum.

Under the titles of Social Accountability and Budget Transparency, Spectrum organized two events simultaneously at the same venue with same audience at Taw Win Yadanar Hotel, Hpa-an Township in Kayin State from July 27 to July 28, 2017.

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Spectrum proudly participated in SWISSAID annual partner meeting as a resource person for Social Accountability session. This three day meeting was conducted at Sein Lan So Pyay Garden, Yangon from 5th to 7th September 2017.

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With the funding support of The Asia Foundation, Spectrum organized a cartoon exhibition on budget transparency at Metta Centre in Bago Township relating to partner meeting of Tearfund organization at July 25, 2017.

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In Myitkyina , Kachin State, Spectrum successfully organized Cartoon Show with the theme of Budget Transparency for improving people’s lives. This is the third time exhibition of Spectrum in term of promoting government and public interest in transparency in August 21 and 22, 2017.

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 Seminar on Environmental Protection was conducted by Myanmar Council of Churches (MCC) with the collaboration of Spectrum at Judson Centre, Yangon from July 14 to July 15, 2017.

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With the support of The Asia Foundation, Spectrum organized two -day cartoon show in Judson Centre, Yangon, attracting nearly two hundred people to enjoy the Exhibition. Forty Myanmar leading cartoonists contributed their art works with critical and unique ideas.

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With the support of Catholic Bishop Conference Myanmar (C.B.C.M), a group of 35 people working in various Jesuit institutions on social justice issues, from around 10 different nationalities in Asia Pacific visited Spectrum office in Yangon.

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Warm Greeting!! You are cordially invited to join a Cartoon Exhibition organized by Spectrum with the support of The Asia Foundation starting from Friday, 11 August 2017 to Saturday, 12 August 2017 at Judson Centre in Yangon. (NO.601, Pyay Street, near Marlar Bus stop, Kamayut Tsp)

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Spectrum attended the 12th annual Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF 2017), which took place on 5-8 June 2017 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in Manila. The forum had four themes: energy access, energy efficiency, renewable energy and the future of clean energy in Asia. The forum was attended by approximately 1,500 participants from63 countries including governments, development partners, the private sector, academic institutions and civil society organizations. This briefing paper summarizes highlights from the forum and their implications for Myanmar.

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