Previously a project of the international NGO “CDA – Collaborative Learning Projects”, RAFT serves a wide range of international and national donors, humanitarian organisations, as well as other peacebuilding organisations that are working in Myanmar. RAFT provides a range of services to help their clients analyse and navigate the complex conflict context they are operating in.
In the early summer of 2018, CDA decided to close its field office in Myanmar. The local office recognised a distinct opportunity: to use their expertise and local knowledge to start a Myanmar-based NGO that could continue working to strengthen the effectiveness of peacebuilding efforts. Thus, RAFT Myanmar was established.
However, RAFT needed support to build the organisational capacity required
to maintain critical partnerships , to establish the organisational foundations
necessary to function as a “local” entity, and to develop its own strategy. PeaceNexus
supported RAFT to transition into a registered Myanmar organisation and set up
new financial systems. RAFT applied for more comprehensive organisational
development support through the 2018 Call for Proposals.
In a kick-off workshop in February 2019, RAFT and PeaceNexus jointly identified
strategy development, strengthening organisational governance and human
resource management as priority areas for support.
With PeaceNexus’ support, RAFT is now a registered Myanmar NGO which has successfully transitioned key partnerships and donors and is contributing to peacebuilding. PN is now providing RAFT with a second phase of support around its strategic planning process, and with the development of internal policies and structures as a new Myanmar NGO.