citizens participating in initiatives that resulted in positive state-society engagement in 2016
Ahlin Yaung Renewable Energy Program
The Ahlin Yaung (“light” in Myanmar language) Project is working to provide renewable energy access to 1 million low-income people in rural Myanmar by 2021. Myanmar has one of the lowest electrification rates in Asia, with the national electricity grid reaching only a small part of the population, mostly in urban areas. Ahlin Yaung uses Pact’s Village Development Committees (VDCs) and WORTH savings groups to manage the program at the community level. VDCs, through community-managed revolving funds, provide funding for households to purchase photovoltaic equipment on hire-purchase. WORTH groups manage community solar charging stations, which charge special batteries for household lighting and mobile device charging, to distribute electricity to communities. Both the revolving fund and WORTH group models generate interest and income for other village development activities. Ahlin Yaung also provides funding to villages to purchase photovoltaic equipment at the community level.
Shae Thot: The Way Forward
Shae Thot uses an integrated, holistic approach to alleviate poverty and improve health in villages in Myanmar by tackling problems in a range of areas, including maternal and child health, livelihoods, food security and water, sanitation and hygiene. By partnering with local organizations and working closely with communities, Shae Thot is building local capacity for decision-making and long-term planning, creating impact that will last long beyond Pact’s presence. With activities in nearly 2,000 villages, the project has trained hundreds of thousands of community members and health workers in child health and nutrition, provided mobile-clinic health and family planning services to tens of thousands, increased the percentage of women who give birth with a skilled birth attendant, provided wide-ranging hygiene training to stem the spread of disease and improved potable water access.