29 Apr 2024

Drivers of Change

Reflecting on the significance of external support on Women, Peace and Security to armed and political movements in Myanmar

This policy brief explores the impact of our participatory action research project "Observe and Act" in Myanmar. It collects and analyses stories of discourse, policy and process changes, that were perceived by a diverse group of stakeholders as being linked to the project’s approach of involving the leadership of armed and political movements (APMs) and engaging with them in a participatory manner.


Tilman Papesch, Zin May Phyo


The project aims to support the full implementation of the WPS agenda by generating knowledge on the policies and practices of APMs in strengthening the participation and protection of women and girls, as well as on the factors that can influence these processes. In (South-Eastern) Myanmar, it engaged with two movements, the Karen National Union (KNU) and Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), through participatory research and subsequent dialogue in support of the movements’ efforts to implement the WPS Agenda.

This policy brief was funded by the International Development Research Centre, which supported much of the Ottawa Dialogue’s Myanmar research and programming.

It was original published by Ottawa Dialogue.

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