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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

New publication \ Return to peaceful Myanmar? Letting go of an illusion

For many people in Myanmar, forced recruitment, landmines and religious discrimination are causes of displacement and obstacles to return. In BICC Policy Brief 8 \ 2018, Markus Rudolf analyzes the current conflicts and formulates recommendations for handling forced displacement in Myanmar from the perspective of sustainable development cooperation.

Photo: M.Rudolf\BICC

To be able to find sustainable and long-term solutions for realities of protracted displacement in Myanmar and abroad, it is necessary to analyze challenges and options of development cooperation (DC) in Myanmar in detail. This is the outcome of BICC Policy Brief 8\2018 „Rückkehr in ein friedliches Myanmar? Eine Illusion verabschiedet sich“ (in German language). Moreover, to modify the framework conditions in such a way that survival strategies that were formed when people were forced to flee their homes can be used as potential of development, donors need to coordinate and develop regional, inter- and transnational projects with local initiatives in a participatory approach.

The author Markus Rudolf gives the following recommendations to German development cooperation:

\ Include monitoring and evaluation mechanisms designed for the implementation of peace processes in DC project strategies for the refugee situation in Myanmar;

\ Make DC dependent on good governance, the protection of human rights as well as reintegration- or compensation measures;

\ Take sustainable measures to fight causes of displacement in the long term and to support voluntary return;

\ Create holistic scenarios that also include the (transnational) mobility of refugees as a strategy of survival.

Press release “Neue Publikation \ Rückkehr in ein friedliches Myanmar? Eine Illusion verabschiedet sich“ (in German)