Advance Myanmar works with grassroots organisations in Myanmar to transfer skills and share knowledge and experience.
We offer a different kind of training and support:
- Training and support by people with years of advocacy experience and an in-depth knowledge of Burma/Myanmar.
- Long term support, advice and mentoring, not just classroom courses.
- An experienced team to set up organisational administration, IT, communications and financial systems to ensure organisations are run as efficiently and effectively as possible.
- Connecting with international governments and non-government organisations to magnify the voice of grassroots organisations.
- Working with marginalised communities, including ethnic and religious minorities, still facing terrible human rights violations.
Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN)
Ethnic Karen have suffered decades of violence and repression at the hands of the Burmese military. Although there is currently a ceasefire agreement in Karen State, there is no political settlement that guarantees genuine peace and it’s still not safe for refugees to return home. Huge business projects threaten local people’s livelihoods and the environment. KESAN is a community-based organisation that works to protect the environment and indigenous people’s rights in Karen State.
The Ta’ang Women’s Organisation (TWO)
The Ta’ang is an ethnic group located mostly in Northern Shan State. Conflict in this region has escalated dramatically over the past few years with the Burmese army committing terrible human rights abuses. TWO works with the local community to provide support to villagers displaced by violence, runs programmes to tackle human trafficking and domestic violence, runs primary schools in local areas where there are a lack of schools, and documents human rights abuses, mainly committed by the Burmese Army.
The Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN)
KPSN is the largest network of Karen civil society organisations in Burma, working to empower local Karen communities and achieve sustainable peace in Burma, raising awareness of the peace process and documenting human rights issues.