PeaceNexus Foundation

Working groups for inclusive business development in Kayin state, Myanmar

March 21, 2016
  • Organisation:
    Myanmar Peace Centre, the Karen National Union, Myanmar Center for Responsible Business
  • Where:
    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 (Hans Seidel Foundation, Business Innovation Facility, Friedrich Ebert Foundation).