Situation in Myanmar
nominally civilian parliamentary government
54,584,650 (July 2012 estimate)
Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5%
Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Muslim 4%, other 3%
Burmese and many ethnic languages
Life Expectancy at Birth
47,74 deaths/1,000 live births
Population Access to Safe Water
Population Access to Sanitation
4,63 billion kWh
Access to Internet
GDP per capita
USD 1,300 (2011 estimate)
country comparison to the world: 206 (out of 226)
Consumer Price Index (annual % change) = Inflation
Agriculture 70%, Industry 7%, Services 23%
approximately 32% of the population lives in poverty and Burma is the poorest country in Southeast Asia
Human Development Index
149 out of 187 in 2011
How we help
- Support activities could not be undertaken in Myanmar because they were deemed illegal, so programmes were mostly supported from across the border in Thailand.
- People from Myanmar move to Thailand to find work. They bring their children who cannot easily integrate into the Thai education system, so 'migrant' schools have been constructed.
- War in many ethnic areas has motivated hundreds of thousands of people to flee to Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps in Myanmar or across the border to Thailand, China, and Bangladesh as refugees. They cannot leave camps so access to education, especially 'higher education' is limited. We support an extensive system of 'higher education' schools and colleges for these youth.
- Many areas are still strictly off-limits for foreigners in Myanmar. To support development work where it is most needed, we have started a social entrepreneurship grant programme for local youth, often in remote and inaccessible areas.
- University education is sporadically stopped or heavily restricted and censored. Due to lack of investment, quality is abysmally low. We support Myanmar students to study outside of Myanmar at accredited colleges and universities.