Brief Introduction

The primary goal of this mapping exercise is to gain deeper knowledge of Myanmar CSOs active in KayinState, to help LRC determine opportunities for training, mentoring, coaching, and advocacy related activities to build civil society capacity, and the policy environment for civil society to operate.
LRC expects to be able to implement programs based on the results. The findings should also be useful for other humanitarian and/or development organisations who seek partnerships, collaborations, opportunities for expansion, and/or who want to avoid duplicating existing efforts.
This is the second CSO Mapping exercise undertaken by LRC – the first completed in Mon State in March 2016. It can be downloaded from LRC website: http://www.lrcmyanmar.org/mapping-of-civil-society-organization-mon-state-myanmar/

This study uses the same research brief, but has refined the questions and approach, based on previous learning and contextual differences between Mon and Kayin States.
LRC commissioned National Enlightenment Institute (NEI) to lead on the field work. NEI is a local NGO based in Mawlamyine, Mon State which has expertise in raising capacity, development and policy advocacy in southern Myanmar (particularly in Mon and Kayin States). LRC and NEI also liaised with the Kayin CSO Network, RISE, YLC, PIN-Social Cohesion Network whoas well as participating, linked researchers to other active CSO groups.
The field work, was conducted between 1st September and 6th October 2016 and represents the responses and views of over 74civil society representatives and stakeholders involved in interviews and focus groups. Draft findings were presented to 40 stakeholders in Yangon, 29th October 2016 before finalising the study.
This report presents a summary of the study findings, specifically the results and recommendations from the interviews and focus groups.