Right Livelihood Conference 2014

In March 2014 a conference was held to show the outcome of the capacity building program on Participatory and Indigenous Natural Resource Management.

By Timmi Tillmann

Journalism Under a New Democracy

To enable local journalists from Myanmar to study media landscapes and media practices abroad, in November 2013 ten journalists went on an exposure trip to Germany.

By Nwet Kay Khine

Perspectives Asia #2: More or Less? Growth and Development Debates in Asia


This second issue of "Perspectives Asia" provides a forum for the voices of authors from various Asian countries to express their thoughts on possible development models for the region. How can we achieve prosperity for all, without doing long-term damage to nature or threatening the subsistence of entire populations?

The Salween Dams and the problems of resource governance in Myanmar’s’ ethnic border areas

At least since the “energy-protests” of May 2012, Myanmar’s strategy of exporting energy to its neighboring countries came under heavy criticism by its own population. Yet while the contested Myitsone hydropower dam on the confluence of the Irrawaddy River was suspended by President Thein Sein due to public pressure, several other big hydropower dams are still being under construction on the Salween River in Myanmar’s eastern border areas with the support of Thai investors.

By Wanwadee Erawan

Indigenous Knowledge & Natural Commons in Myanmar

During the 3rd International Conference on International Relations and Development (ICIRD 2013) entitled “Beyond Borders: Building a Regional Commons in Southeast Asia”which took place on 21-23 August 2013 at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs) organized a workshop on Indigenous Peoples’ natural resource management and the creativity of Indigenous Knowledge and the Natural Commons.

By Marc Bühnemann, Timmi Tillmann, Anan Ganjanapan

Myanmar’s Natural Resources: Blessing or Curse?

Myanmar’s progress since the 2010 general elections has been astounding, with political transition greatly encouraging citizens and international diplomatic and investment communities. The diplomatic climate for Myanmar has changed dramatically as a result and sanctions have been eased progressively. Not surprisingly, many international investors have cast their eyes on Myanmar’s abundant natural resources for commercial exploitation.

By Rainer Einzenberger, David Allan

Foreign-investment-induced conflicts in Myanmar - The Monywa Copper Mine

As part of the first publication of the series Perspectives Asia, Nwet Kay Khine reflects on the impacts of protest and local opposition against a copper mine which turned into a national movement with international impacts especially for Chinese investors. Using the Letbadaung mining project as an example, the instability of Chinese commercial interests in Myanmar is examined

By Nwet Kay Khine