Myanmar is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Asia. In 2019, it ranked 145th out of 191 countries on the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index.
The country has suffered from political conflict for decades. In 2021, a new crisis erupted, jeopardizing many of the impressive development gains the country has made over the past 15 years.
A combination of economic instability, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and escalating conflict means that nearly half the population now lives below the poverty line.
FXB in action
FXB Myanmar’s projects in the areas of economic and community development, vocational training, protection and health strengthen the capacity for action and development of the communities in which FXB operates.
Furthermore, gender inequality and women’s exposure to violence, harassment and abuse are not only critical protection risks, but also a significant obstacle to the country’s development. It is essential that women and girls have full access to education, vocational training, and economic opportunities and that their leadership capacities are strengthened to enable them to participate in mainstream decision making. FXB places particular emphasis on these issues.