Name: Daw Mya Aye
Ethnic group: Kayin
Village: Ka Ma Nin
Village Tract: Ka Ma Nin
This is Ms. Daw Mya Aye, she lives in Ka Ma Nin village. She was a volunteer in the village development supporting committee in Chaungzon.
The village consists of different ethnicities and religions such as Mon, Bamar, Kayain, Shan, Christians and Muslims. ‘I knew that NCDDP emphasizes to give all people the same opportunity to participate in the development activities. Therefore, our village development supporting committee tried to involve the whole local community in the project implementation.’
Involving Citizens in Decision Making by strengthening local government
Myanmar, National Community Driven Development Project
The objective of NCDDP is to support and enable poor rural communities to benefit from improved communication and access to local and government services.
We do this by providing institutional support and technical assistance to the township offices of the Department of Rural Development of Chaungzon, Bilin and Paung townships in Mon State, Shwegyin township in Bago Region and Tanintharyi township in Tanintharyi Region. Furthermore, we provide technical assistance to the village and village tract level to familiarise communities with participatory approaches in the process of establishing inclusive village and village tract project development committees.
At the beginning they encountered some difficulties because not the whole community, such as Muslims and Christians, were willing to come to the Buddhist monastery for community meetings. Meetings at the local school were only possible during school holidays. Therefore, the committee decided, after consultations, a village community hall had to be constructed for the first cycle of the NCDD programme, so everyone would feel welcome during the community meetings. The village owned some land and they were able to construct a community hall. Soon it appeared that more people felt involved and joined community meetings because the community hall was not assigned to a certain religion or ethnicity.
Expected and intermediary results of the project are: