Working groups for inclusive business development in Kayin state, Myanmar
Based on a 2013 request from the Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC) and the Karen National Union (KNU), PeaceNexus has assisted local actors (local government, ethnic minority armed groups and local communities) in Northern Kayin State to establish a working group to identify community development priorities. This has led to the establishment of community-based tourism projects, including B&Bs that are now officially registered and accessible to tourists in previously inaccessible areas due to conflict. PeaceNexus has acted as a facilitator, promoting broader participation of local actors and connecting the group with other organisations that have provided technical assistance and funding (Hanns Seidel Foundation, Business Innovation Facility, Friedrich Ebert Foundation).
For more see the case study on Peacebuilding and Community-Driven Tourism Development in Kayin State.