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Sida's work in Myanmar

Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Asia. Political development is hitting society hard: human security, democracy, human rights and the economy. The military coup, in February 2021, has changed Sida's development cooperation, health initiatives have received extra focus as well as support for civil society.

Progress has been made

Continues to fight for democracy

Despite great risks and violence, people have shown resilience and continued to fight for democracy and human rights. Civil society has proven strong and survived, despite the fact that several organisations have been forced to go underground or flee.

Challenges remain

Half the population in poverty

The development is going backwards due to the coup and the pandemic. Nearly 25 million people, half the population, are estimated to live below the national poverty line by 2022. That is twice as many as in five years.1

Extensive human rights violations after military coup

Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and violence. The Rohingya Muslim ethnic group, other ethnic minorities and internally displaced persons are highly affected by sexual violence and are at risk of forced marriage, slave labor and human trafficking.2

The health system collapsed

After the military coup, the public health system basically collapsed and people’s access to good health care deteriorated sharply in a short time. The pandemic with extensive restrictions and closures has also affected access to basic health care.

Two types of aid in Myanmar

In Myanmar, Sida implements development cooperation to contribute to long-term development of the country. We also provide humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering in emergency situations.

Updated: October 6, 2022