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Eastern Shan State Rural Development and Inclusion Project


LuxDev's Regional office
Vientiane Regional Office

Local Development
Partner execution agency
Department of Rural Development of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation

Implementation period
December 2017 - December 2022
Total duration
60 months

Total budget
10,000,000 EUR
Contribution breakdown
  • Luxembourg Government
    10,000,000 EUR

The Eastern Shan State (ESS) is an exceptional case of disadvantage in a country struggling with numerous cultural, political, economic and environmental challenges. Based on a thorough problem analysis and needs assessment in the target areas, the overall goal of the project is to promote inclusive, cohesive and sustained groups, communities, institutions and systems for the benefit of the rural population of ESS.

The two specific objectives of the project are (1) to improve the means and resources for legal livelihood activities of the local communities and (2) to promote the interaction, interdependence, cooperation and capacity in the community's development of participatory governance.

The deficit in interaction and cooperation can be explained historically, going back as far as to the beginning of the decline of the vast and powerful Shan Kingdom (from Yunnan to Arakan border and containing more than 100 ethnic groups), which already commenced in the mid-17th century. This was followed by more recent colonial and/or war-torn disruptions (1930-2000). This period of 70 years of poverty in Myanmar was reflected by the displacement and isolation of populations from internal and cross-border conflict that has stunted economic growth, including human capital and natural resource development. More recently, since 2000, a period of military restraint is providing a pause in the accumulation of damage, grievances and displacement. At least there is now a chance for development interventions, planned and conducted with local leaders and family heads, negotiated with the political authorities in each domain and able to make material benefits and development impacts.

Since development prospers through cooperation and interdependence, MYA/002 aims to first and foremost involve and serve villagers who need more food, water, electricity, mobility and communications – all requiring continuous mutual reinforcement – to be gradually formalised in committees at township, tract, village and community levels.

Geographically speaking, the following three clusters/areas are concerned: (1) the 5 Tracts of southwest Keng Tung Township with 11 000 people, including ethnic minorities emerging from very insecure conditions; (2) the most severely damaged areas of Keng Lap, with approximately 2 000 people of mixed ethnicities along a vital border area of Tachileik District; and (3) an additional 2 000 disadvantaged and predominantly Shan people in five villages in the low density midland of the Mong Phyak Township.

Since the MYA/002 project has a specific geographical and population focus with considerable technology development, innovation and piloting, a direct financing modality via local management structures, technical expertise and dispersed facilitation in the targeted tracts/districts and among the different villages will be applied during the first few years of implementation.

A major assumption of the MYA/002 strategy is that gradual cooperation and necessary interdependence in new activities will incrementally enhance the attitudes and practices for social and civic organization, as the roots for mutual respect, sharing resources, community development and informed governance.

Latest news

  • Myanmar - Launching Ceremony Eastern Shan State Rural Development and Inclusion Project

    Published on 17 February 2018    By Sandrine THINNES   EN

    On Friday 16 February 2018, the Eastern Shan State Rural Development and Inclusion Project (MYA/002) celebrated its launch ceremony at the town hall of Kyaing Tong city. High level delegates from the Government of the Union of Myanmar, the Shan State Parliament, the Military, representatives from Luxembourg, local administrations, institutions, political parties, ethnic tribes and most importantly beneficiaries from the targeted villages all came together to take part in the kick-off of this 10 000 000 EUR rural development project. Over the next 5 years, the implementation will be concentrated in about 100 remote villages of Kyaing Tong and Tachileik township in Eastern Shan State of Myanmar.

    Registration of participants

    Each distinguished speaker emphasized in his statement the importance of the development of capacities and infrastructure in rural areas as this will contribute in the long run to the economic development of the country.

    The project will more specifically improve the means and resources for legal livelihood activities of the local population in the targeted area. The aim is to bridge gaps by providing the communities with easy access to villages, safe water, electricity, modern agriculture, education and literacy for all as well as a good telecommunications network. 

    High level delegates posing in front of the ideal representation of a well developed village in the rural area.

    The Department of Rural Development (DRD), under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation will be the project owner and technical assistance will be provided by LuxDev on behalf of the MYA/002 project. This particular set-up marks a first in the implementation modalities of the DRD and thus close cooperation and coordination between the DRD and MYA/002 technical assistance will be essential.

    The launch ceremony was brought to life by performances from the Shan, Lahu and Akha traditional dance groups which also represent the majority of the ethnic tribes present in the project’s targeted area.

    Akha traditional dance group

    Performance of the Lahu traditional Dance Group

    The MYA/002 project team is also composed of representatives from each collaborating country and ethnic tribes from the Shan State. The team is eager to start their collaborative work with their colleagues from DRD. The team also counts on the support of many other relevant stakeholders to improve the livelihoods of the beneficiaries. For any further enquiry or information please contact the project via email: 

    MYA/002 Technical Assistance Team