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Aid program targets economic drivers of conflict in Myanmar

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun the “Burma Transparency and Inclusive Growth Activity” (TIGA), which aims to mitigate the economic causes of conflict and inequality in Myanmar.

TIGA represents a refocus of the USAID Mission to Burma’s economic growth programming. This program focuses on the economic drivers of conflict. These include the distribution of natural resource wealth and the related spatial, ethnic and religious inequalities. Such inequalities reinforce longstanding political grievances and undermine inclusive economic growth in the country.

People walking in the streets of Myanmar

The aid program is being implemented under a partnership with Nathan Associates and subcontractor Cardno International Development.

Cardno brings more than 50 years in international development experience, including all five decades in Asia Pacific, with more than 40 years in Myanmar.

“We are invested in the outcomes of this project, having a corporate office in Myanmar comprised of colleagues who are local citizens,” said Jaleen Moroney, President of Cardno International Development U.S. “As such, we are keenly aware of the country’s economic status and the disparities that lead to or fuel conflict.”

For this USAID program, Cardno will lead all gender and social inclusion efforts including conflict sensitive stakeholder engagement and marginalized populations. Cardno will also conduct economic, social and conflict sensitive impact assessments for infrastructure and natural resource management and assist local governance such as management and distribution of resources locally.