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Experience sharing forum on local governance practices in Myanmar

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.

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