Research and information sharing

We produce and share research, knowledge and information to strengthen understanding of key issues relating to land and natural resource governance in Myanmar.

Aim: Our aim in this program is for relevant actors to make effective use of knowledge and information to contribute to positive change for land tenure security of smallholder men and women and indigenous communities.

This program includes a range of activities relating to producing to sharing information, with a diversity of target audiences.

Key activities:

Conducting research and producing knowledge products: We commission research and conduct our own research on a range of topics, as well as produce policy briefs, legal analyses, and other knowledge products, aimed at building the understanding of civil society, government, and other stakeholders or supporting advocacy.

Building the research and leadership capacity of local youth: We believe that youth must play an important role in reforming land and natural resource governance in Myanmar. For this reason, since 2017, we have been training young researchers from urban and rural areas and diverse ethnic backgrounds in qualitative research skills and building their capacity for leadership and advocacy.

Sharing information: We host and use a variety of online platforms for sharing information related to land governance, including research reports, news articles, and the latest updates.

Building evidence on land and gender issues in Myanmar

To build a strong foundation for advocacy on gender equity in land governance across the civil society sector, we focus on contributing to the development of an evidence-based understanding of the experience of women with regards to land. In 2015, LCG launched the Land and Gender Project, which employed experts to use a range of methods to conduct research and produce briefs and reports highlighting key land and gender issues in Myanmar. The project produced a number of policy and information briefs, events and a final research report which can be accessed under Resources.

Supporting local CSOs’ research on customary tenure

Customary tenure is complex and not well documented in Myanmar. We have contributed to developing evidence on customary tenure and supporting local communities to advocate for their customary tenure rights. In 2018, we supported the publication of a report documenting the key components of the customary systems of indigenous Naga communities in northwest Myanmar. This report is based on research conducted with Resource Rights for the Indigenous People (RRtIP) in 2016 and can be accessed under Resources.