Denmark provides more than US$ 4 million to improve livelihoods in Myanmar

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14 Aug 2012, Yangon – Denmark signed an agreement with UNOPS of more than $4 million dollars today to boost livelihoods of the poor in Myanmar.

HE Mikael Hemniti Winther, Denmark’s Ambassador to Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia and Sanjay Mathur, Director & Representative of UNOPS in Myanmar, signed the agreements. More than $4.1 million will be channeled through the multi-donor Livelihoods and Food Security Trust (LIFT) fund managed by UNOPS for livelihood projects. LIFT was set up to work towards the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger in Myanmar, one of the Millennium Development Goals.


Myanmar needs eco-friendly businesses today!


Nay Pyi Taw, 5 June 2012 – “Myanmar needs eco-friendly businesses today” said Vice-President Dr Sai Mao Kham at a World Environment Day event in Nay Pyi Taw. He added that it was important for the government, private sector, civil society and all to work in building a green economy and a sustainable future for the planet.

The Ministry of Environment Conservation and Forestry invited LIFT to participate at the event attended by more than 300 people from Government ministries and development agencies. LIFT encourages sustainable natural resource management and environmental restoration by seeking opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy. LIFT aims to improve the livelihoods and create green jobs for 2 million people in Myanmar.


Improving nutrition a major priority for LIFT

Yangon, 3 May 2011 – There is an increased concern that food security and livelihoods programmes need to be linked to improving nutrition. Most South and East Asian countries still encounter problems of under-nutrition, of which the most common are protein-energy malnutrition and vitamin A, iron and iodine deficiencies.

In Myanmar, the major nutritional problems are underweight (31.8%) and stunting in children under five years. (MOH and UNICEF), and over 70% nationally of iron-deficiency anaemia in women and children under five years (DOH).

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LIFT joins Myanmar business leaders at Global Compact meeting


1 May 2012 -- Over 200 representatives from Myanmar and international private sector companies, UN, diplomatic corps and NGOs gathered for the UN Global Compact meeting in Yangon today. The large turnout for this meeting demonstrated growing interest in corporate social responsibility in Myanmar recently highlighted as "the next economic frontier in Asia" by IMF.

Speaking at the launch, which brought together a number of domestic and international companies in Myanmar, the United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon said that it was a “remarkable” time for the country as it has great potential for expansion in business and investment. “Equally paramount is development that is widespread and sustainable,” he stated, adding that, to deliver prosperity and opportunity widely, Myanmar needs strong and inclusive markets.


New Zealand aid supports poor households in the rural Myanmar


29 March 2012, Pyapon - First Secretary Mr. Philip Hewitt from the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok visited Ngutaw and Kan Seik villages of Cyclone Nargis affected Pyapon Township to inspect LIFT’s partner PACT Myanmar’s microfinance project.

“The enthusiasm from the potential borrowers at the microfinance training showed that the LIFT project is helping to meet a demand for capital at the village level. Microfinance borrowers are using loans to increase their incomes and to better support their families,” said Hewitt. Read more>>