Myanmar Development Observatory

UNDP set up the Myanmar Development Observatory as a new critical capability in country to collect and analyse data, with the aim to understand the impact of ongoing rapid social, economic and political changes on people and communities, and better support resilience and recovery decision-making. The Observatory team includes national and international research experts, including economists, statisticians, and data analysts. It focuses on monitoring, assessments and analysis of the evolving social, economic and political dynamics in the country with the aim of:
  • Mapping vulnerability, to increase understanding of the dimensions of poverty and vulnerability in Myanmar, and
  • Enhance resilience, to inform programme design of UN agencies, international community and civil society, including recovery and resilience-based programming.
It does so through three mutually reinforcing outputs of data collection & analysis, dissemination and capacity building with a focus on three connected pillars:
  • Economy, to track the vulnerabilities of the people of Myanmar resulting from various crises.
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to assess regressions on key development indicators especially for vulnerable and marginalized populations.
  • Conflict, to monitor evolving dynamics with a particular focus on the nexus among conflict, poverty, livelihoods and the SDGs.
Guided by three cross-cutting themes of Governance, Gender and Human Rights.

MDO’s Theory of Change at a glance:

Mapping Vulnerability, Enhancing Resilience 

3 mutually reinforcing outputs with a focus on 3 connected pillars, guided by 3 connected cross-cutting themes


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