Since gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1948, Burma/Myanmar has been embroiled in civil conflict among the country’s many ethnic groups. Elections in 2010 brought an end to nearly 40 years of military rule, but poverty lingers as the pace of development is slow and frequent natural disasters pose major setbacks.

Episcopal Relief & Development supports a variety of diocesan agricultural and economic empowerment projects through the Church of the Province of Myanmar. We also work with the Men’s Association model farm for testing and teaching agricultural techniques and the Mothers’ Union economic empowerment program offering vocational training and micro-finance services through community self-help groups. These activities, along with trainings in disaster risk reduction, build resilience that will help communities recover more quickly from disasters.

*Please note: the name Myanmar is not recognized by the US government, which still refers to the country as Burma, the name given by the British colonial government.

Alleviating Hunger and Improving the Food Supply

  • Exploring climate-smart strategies to improve crop production and diversity

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Empowering entrepreneurs through micro-finance services, financial literacy and business training

Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities

  • Examining possible hazards and leveraging local strengths and resources to reduce disaster risk and build resilience

Burma-Myanmar* Press Releases & Stories

Charting Pathways to Integration and ImpactResponding to Cyclone Komen in Burma-MyanmarDecades of Grassroots Learning Equips E-CARE to Help Transform RegionJune-July Web Feature Highlights Partners in Myanmar/Burma

Fast Facts

Agriculture accounts for around 25% of Burma/Myanmar's GDP but 70% of its labor.

Over a quarter of the population lives in poverty.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 1: No Poverty

Goal 1: No Poverty End poverty in all its forms everywhere  Learn more»

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

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Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

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Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Goal 13: Climate Action

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Goal 15: Life on Land

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