Social welfare in spotlight as budget debate set to resume

A comprehensive social protections policy that spans the lifecycle from pregnant women to the elderly is set to kick off this year – if advocates can secure a budget for the plan. Parliament is scheduled to begin wrangling out an allocation for the strategy on March 6, but MPs predict the chronically underfunded social welfare […]

Manhattan prices in Yangon

International NGOs are facing strong criticism in Myanmar not for the work they do, but for the large amounts of donor money they spend on renting offices. Recent reports have found that considerable sums are paid for office space in Yangon, where most organisations have their head offices. Adding to the controversy, some of these […]

Unicef Defends US$90,000 a month rental for Yangon Office

RANGOON — The representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) in Burma has claimed the agency got a “good deal” on its new Rangoon office, after it emerged that the agency is paying a large sum in rent to a former military official. On Tuesday, The Irrawaddy published information from sources close to Unicef […]