DURATION: 09/30/2012 - 09/30/2019
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State

Program Description

The Institute for Political and Civic Engagement (iPACE) works with Myanmar's emerging leaders to promote fundamental democratic principles and encourage civic engagement, which is vital for representative and accountable governance.

iPACE participants represent all states and divisions throughout Myanmar as well as its major religious and ethnic groups. They unite for intensive civic education activities–such as thematic courses, mobile clinics, and networking and advocacy events–at the U.S. Embassy’s American Center in Yangon and the Jefferson Center in Mandalay. Alumni and the public are also invited to workshops and networking activities.

To date, iPACE has trained more than 2,300 participants from various political parties and civil society organizations, including: non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations (CBOs), labor unions, former political prisoner societies, peace advocacy groups, women’s empowerment groups, disability rights groups, and student unions

Program Goals

  • Develop and implement courses that equip civil society activists, leaders, and changemakers with the knowledge and skills to participate in the governing and development of their nation.
  • Promote opportunities for civil society activists, leaders, and changemakers to develop and strengthen professional networks between and among themselves, their organizations, and their constituents.
  • Engage civil society and democratic changemakers as thought leaders to actively define and develop the role of civil society and civic activism in inclusive, accountable, and responsive governance within Myanmar.


Our educational curriculum is developed by international and local subject matter experts who are leaders in their fields. Course themes include: transitional justice, conflict transformation, political engagement, federalism, strategic planning, peace advocacy, leadership for change, organizational development, civic education, and many more.


Issue 3 – August 2018

English language version

Myanmar language version



2,300+ Alumni | 18-72 Age Range | 56% Male | 44% Female | 46+ Ethnicities | All 14 States and Regions of Myanmar


900+ Civil Society Organizations | 47 Political Candidates | 42 Political Parties | 10+ Labor Unions

The iPACE program is made possible through a generous grant from the United States Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar.

World Learning Myanmar
American Center Yangon,
Corner of University Avenue and Inya Road,
Phone +95 1 934 5490 ext. 4750 | | @iPACEMyanmar

“Civil Society in Myanmar’s New Democracy” Conference Report, September 2017

On December 15, 2017 World Learning released the report from its Institute for Political and Civic Engagement (iPACE) conference entitled, “Civil Society in Myanmar’s New Democracy” (held Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Novotel Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar.) This conference was an opportunity for civil society leaders, government representatives, academics, donors, and other interested stakeholders to pose and examine the biggest questions concerning civil society in Myanmar to further our thinking on how to participate in and contribute to the sector’s role in Myanmar’s ongoing democratic and economic transition.

Download the report.