Institute for Political and Civic Engagement in Myanmar

Country: Burma    |   Duration: September 2012 to September 2017    |   Funder: U.S. Department of State    |   Contact:

Program Description

iPACE provides education and training courses to build the capacity of local democracy, labor, and civil society activists in Burma.

Through courses such as civic education, human rights, voter education, and English for special purposes, as well as activities which support networking and consensus building among Burma’s socio-political actors, iPACE increases the knowledge and practical application of fundamental democratic principles and promotes citizen engagement to inform more representative, accountable governance.

A few years ago something like iPACE wouldn’t have been possible. With political reforms, people are tremendously engaged. iPACE is tapping into the energy that’s already there.

Gretchen Kunze, iPACE program director

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Since iPACE was established in September 2012, the Institute has trained more than 1,137 participants. These participants represent 33 different political parties and 404 organizations, including a diverse array of civil society organizations (CSOs), labor unions, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), student unions, disability rights groups, women’s empowerment groups, and political prisoner societies. Together, alumni now represent a diverse group of 50 ethnicities from all 14 states and divisions, and of all major religions in Burma.

In June 2014, World Learning made a critical expansion to the iPACE program by establishing a presence at the U.S. Embassy’s Jefferson Center in Mandalay. Since the iPACE-Mandalay launch, the institute has trained 133 democracy leaders who represent 47 organizations. iPACE has also expanded its reach and programmatic footprint beyond Yangon and Mandalay through a series of eight mobile trainings. To date, mobile trainings have reached 212 participants from locally-based civil society organizations, political parties, and youth networks in Chin State, Kachin State, Karen State, Mandalay Division, Mon State, and northern and eastern Shan State.

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