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MBEI: Measuring Myanmar’s business landscape with data for policymakers

Myanmar’s first business environment index, surveying nearly 5000 companies, reflects how the private sector views governance, transparency and efficiency as implemented by central and local government. The findings provide policymakers with a set of data for making evidence-based decisions. The Asia Foundation has published the first Business Environment Index (MBEI) for Myanmar, with the support […]

First Myanmar business environment index published

Businesses in Myanmar are concerned about infrastructure quality and skilled labour availability, the latest report on private sector economic governance reveals. The Asia Foundation has published the Myanmar Business Environment Index 2019 (MBEI), with support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) through the DaNa Facility. The report is a diagnostic tool for government […]

The first ever Myanmar Business Environment Index 2019 Report

  The first-ever Myanmar Business Environment Index provides a tool for Myanmar government, businesses, investors, and the public to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of local economic governance in Myanmar. First pioneered by The Asia Foundation in Vietnam over a decade ago, and adapted to the Myanmar context in partnership with Duke University’s Development […]

Yangon City Life Survey: Myanmar’s Urban Voices

  Yangon is a city rich with history—a former capital, a center of commerce, and today, a city bristling with construction cranes, clogged with vehicles, and throbbing with the aspirations of its swelling population. Demographic changes, economic growth, and Myanmar’s new international openness have left the Yangon City Development Committee, the city’s municipal government, scrambling […]

Survey finds 37% of families can’t afford health emergency

More than 35 percent of Myanmar households are not ready to shell out K200,000 (US$130) for emergency health care, according to Asia Foundation’s City Life Survey 2018. The foundation conducted the survey of 2414 people in 228 wards of Yangon, Mandalay, Monywa, Taunggyi and Mawlamyine cities from September to October 2018. It said that up […]

On track to meet Yangon’s growing water needs

With the hot season not far away, water shortages are set to become a problem again in many parts of Yangon. According to U Myint Zaw Than, Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) deputy head of the Engineering Department for Water and Sanitation, the YCDC supplies water from four sources via a network of pipes. For […]

Managing Change: Report on Executive Policymaking in Myanmar sponsored by Asia Foundation

In 2011, Myanmar entered a phase of democratic transition. As the country emerges from decades of authoritarianism, ethnic armed conflict, contentious civil-military relations, and entrenched poverty, it has a remarkable opportunity to move toward democracy, sustained economic development, and lasting peace. Successfully managing the transition requires more effective policymaking. This report provides an introduction to […]

Are municipalities Myanmar’s champions of reform?

2017 was a difficult year for Myanmar. The rocky peace process and crisis in Rakhine have complicated the government’s effort to put together a reform agenda following five decades of authoritarian rule. In such a challenging context, it is easy for bureaucratic inertia to set in and for people within government to become more risk […]

Attitudes towards taxation in Myanmar revealed

The San Francisco-headquartered Asia Foundation has launched the Myanmar tax attitudes paper this month. The publication reveals that a clear majority thought taxes were fair while urban citizens surveyed were more positive about tax than those in more rural areas. In 2017, The Asia Foundation and the Yangon School of Political Science conducted the City […]

Aiding a Few Good Men (and Women) in the New Myanmar

Anyone who has ever worked with Congress knows how essential it is for an elected official to have a competent and capable staff. Politicians may be the ones who get the credit, but it is often the staff that handle the bulk of the research and preparation necessary for members to perform their duties as […]