Policy Brief #9: Drivers of Change: Reflecting on the significance of external support on Women, Peace and Security to Armed and Political Movements in Myanmar

Written by Tilman Papesch and Zin May Phyo, this policy brief explores the impact of a participatory action research project in Myanmar, analysing and supporting the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in areas controlled or influenced by Armed and Political Movements (APMs). It collects and analyses stories of discourse, policy and process changes, perceived by a diverse group of stakeholders as being linked to the project’s approach of involving the leadership and engaging in a participatory manner.

The overall project aims to support the full implementation of the WPS Agenda by generating knowledge on the policies and practices of APMs in strengthening the participation and protection of women and girls, as well as on the factors that can influence these processes. In (South-Eastern) Myanmar, it engaged with two movements, the Karen National Union (KNU) and Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), through participatory research and subsequent dialogue in support of the movements’ efforts to implement the WPS Agenda.

This Brief was funded by the International Development Research Centre, which is supported much of the Ottawa Dialogue’s Myanmar research and programming. We thank them for this support. 

Please find the English version here.

Please find the Burmese version here.