Helvetas Projects in Myanmar


Skills for Rural Livelihoods Development

S4RLD is implemented through a tri-partite partnership between HELVETAS Myanmar, and local partners Network Activities Group (NAG) and FXB, with support from HELVETAS own funds and HAPPEL Foundation.

S4RLD is HELVETAS’ first project in Myanmar, and is implemented in the Magwe region of the central Dry Zone.  S4RLD aims to improve on and off farm livelihood options for in particular disadvantaged, at risk and vulnerable rural young men and women between the ages of 15-35 years.

Promoting Effective and Accountable Civic Engagement

Good governance and rule of law are as critical to sustainable development as is an informed, capable, responsible and engaged civil society. The PEACE program works to strengthen government development policies and strategies, supporting both capacity development and facilitating dialogue from community based actors to central level decision makers.

The project is co-funded by the European Union in Myanmar.
Shan Tea

Regional Shan Tea:
Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar

The Regional Shan Tea project is implemented together with HELVETAS in Vietnam and Laos, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The project aims to develop high quality tea value chains for poverty reduction for ethnic minorities in Northern Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.

Community-Led Coastal Management (Gulf of Mottama)

Myanmar southeast
CLCMGoMP is implemented through a Consortium led by HELVETAS Myanmar, in partnership with local NGO Network Activities Group (NAG) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural resources (IUCN), with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

CLCMGoMP aims to improve the livelihoods of rural and ethnically diverse men, women and youth living from coastal resources by addressing three key outcomes focusing on improving the fishery sector, diversifying livelihoods, and promoting sustainable co-management and conservation of natural resources.

Regional Biotrade in Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar

Regional Biotrade
The Regional BioTrade Project Southeast Asia promotes sustainable trade of natural ingredients in Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar to conserve biodiversity and develop livelihoods of rural populations
With a growing annual demand of 10-15% worldwide, natural ingredients represent a huge business potential - particularly on international high-end markets, where customers are willing to pay a premium for sustainably produced and fairly traded goods.
This project aims at building sustainable business models by changing trade of raw materials and natural ingredients to preserve its resource base for future generations and to increase capabilities and competitiveness of local producers, processors and exporters. 

The project is funded by SECO.

Internal Seasonal Labour Migration

Truck Load of Labour Migrants
While carrying out various scoping missions and consultations with communities, an important fact of everyday life in rural Myanmar emerged, revealing a prevalence of internal seasonal labour migration.  More interesting for HELVETAS Myanmar, from a program approach perspective was the migrant movement and labour and skills demands synergy between HELVETAS Myanmar’ three primary target areas of the Dry Zone, southeast and Shan State.  This ever present livelihood coping strategy has until recently remained under the radar in Myanmar with humanitarian and human rights agencies focusing more on peace, relief, recovery, cross-border migration, IDPs and refugees.  HELVETAS sees migration and development as interlinked.  HELVETAS Myanmar is seeking ways to integrate internal migration into its project approaches and country program strategy.