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Institutional strengthening and policy dialogue support (ISPDS)

Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development (MNPED)
Donor Organisation: 
European Commission (EC)
Associated Enterprises: 
GOPA Group members: AFC, B&S Europe, GOPA Com.
Project Volume: 
Value of Services: 
Start of project: 
October, 2015
End of project: 
September, 2018


Myanmar is a country with enormous potential to achieve sustainable prosperity for all its peoples.  However, the country faces significant challenges in ensuring that this enormous potential for growth and development is realized in a way that it is sustainable and which brings benefits to all its citizens.  Currently the “third wave” of reform - governance and administrative reform - is placed high upon the policy agenda and is, in general, beginning to take shape in terms ministry-based actions and a generalised civil service transformation.

Project details


Overall objective: To contribute to strengthening governance in support of Myanmar’s democratic transition processes and reform agenda.

Specific objective: To strengthen public institutions and non-state actors and develop capacities for policymaking, planning and implementation to respond to citizens’ needs and contribute to general socio-economic development.


Component 1: Improved institutional capacity for effective policy making, planning and implementation

  • Formulation and implementation of a comprehensive PAR strategy and master plan;
  • Identification of requisite civil service competencies and skills, and contribution to the formulation of supportive Human Resource Development (HRD) strategies;
  • Support to the development of national civil service training and management institutions;
  • Development and implementation of internationally accredited Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and other relevant certified courses;
  • Technical assistance in support of the ongoing decentralisation process and strengthening of local governance.

Component 2: Sector Reform Support

  • Facilitation of dialogue among Government institutions to meet emerging policy and legislative issues and associated challenges or opportunities. It covers the EU focal sectors of: (1) agriculture / rural development, with additional TC support being potentially provided to support forestry/FLEGT, and (2) education, as well as other GoUM demand driven requests for specific sectorial support, in particular for trade policy, and other priorities of the NCDP;
  • Sector policy formulation to support multi-annual and annual planning processes increasing alignment and linking to budgetary processes through strengthened PFM systems;
  • Formulation of ministry organisational development strategies to aid the implementation of sector policies and master plans, being supportive of future de-concentration and de-centralisation based upon legislative and functional reviews, and analysis.

Component 3: Enhancing the responsiveness of EU interventions and communications in Myanmar

  • Delivery of regular international and national media scanning reports;
  • Support to dissemination and communication of EU sector activities, including research, reports, studies, surveys, and events;
  • Development of information materials such as (1) short videos for web dissemination, (2) press releases, (3) brochures, (4) information packs, and (5) fact sheets;
  • Support to organisation and facilitation of EUD seminars, workshops, meetings, and conferences to widen and disseminate knowledge of the EU / Myanmar cooperation;
  • Provision of analytical work (e.g. studies, assessments, surveys, evaluations) and organisation of stakeholder consultations (e.g. workshops, conferences).

Component 4: Crosscutting activities in the area of Peace Building

  • Formulation and quarterly up-dates of peace situation;
  • Provision of expert advice, research papers, studies, and policy advice on the organisation of the national dialogue processes and solutions to substantive issues related to peace and stability;
  • Direct support to the EUD to elaborate upon actions identified within the EU 2014 Peace Support Actions for Myanmar;
  • Confidence building through a series of public forums between the Government, the Myanmar army, ethnic armed groups and local communities.
  1. Policy and strategy making institutions and organisations have increased capacity to facilitate the reform process and make well-informed decisions;
  2. Service delivery institutions and organisations have increased capacity to deliver basic services as demanded by the population;
  3. Communications on the EU project in Myanmar are enhanced; EU cooperation project / projects receive adequate information about the political, social and economic contexts; responsiveness of project to the Government reform agenda and the needs of the population is improved;
  4. Institutional capacity for effective policy-making, planning, implementation and service delivery is reinforced at Union and sub-national level taking account of the specific context and the needs of the peace process.