Annual Update 2021 VNG International
Poem by Mr. U Thurein Zaw, Community Facilitator,
Department of Rural Development.
I do not see anyway, thorn on the ground.
It was dark in the middle of the night, difficulty walking.
Now we want all to see it. We don't think we're tired.
Together with the community, committee and the CDD, things changed.
Clear and cheerful,
If you see it clearly because we are happy, if you look forward to it.
The night is as bright as the moon,
the courtyard is straight.
Ms. Ohn Mar Khaing, Communication, Gender and Social Accountability Specialist.
‘The village lights are on, the village and
our lives are safe.’
Developing Sustainable and
Resilient Cities and Communities
by strengthening democratic local government
Myanmar, National Community Driven Development Project
The National Community Driven Development Project (NCDDP) supports and enables poor rural communities to better access sustainable local government services. It aims at strengthening vulnerable communities to become more resilient, also in conflict affected areas, through community-driven infrastructure projects and introducing gender and social inclusion in community leadership.
The project has come to an abrupt end after the military coup of February 1st, 2021, posing a serious threat for the well-being of people and damaging the carefully built relationship between government and citizens.
VNG International worked in five townships under this programme. Results achieved:
Case study: Electricity in Ta Kun Taing village for a more resilient community
In 2020, the 1492 villagers of Paung Township prioritised a project for all households to get connected to the national electricity grid, that would stimulate economic growth and making the community more resilient. Household lighting enabled children to study and read in the evening. The project also installed street lights offering safety during the evening and night hours, which is important for commuters in the evening and early mornings. Women have started income generating activities including tailoring, food processing, cooking for intra-village markets or raising pigs in the evening after working in the fields.
At the same time, access to information through television, radio, mobile phone and internet play a crucial role in people’s access to the world so that they are more prepared, sustainable and resilient. Hence, electricity not only brings light to the house and to the village streets – it brings light into the world.