P4P large Grant
‘An Audit of Political Engagement: building knowledge and understanding of democracy in Myanmar to support the integration of representative and participatory democracy’
Myat The Thitsar (PI), Dr Ruth Fox (Co-I), Mi Mi Lwin (Co-I), Khin Myo Wai (Co-I)
This project undertakes an Audit of Political Engagement (APE) in six states and regions across Myanmar, in order to assess public attitudes to democracy, with a particular focus on sub-national parliaments and the role and work of MPs. Combining a public opinion poll survey with focus group discussions and interviews, its aim is to develop a benchmark that can be utilised in the future to track the emergence, shaping and transformation of democratic political culture over time. Inspired by a similar project in the United Kingdom, the present project is heavily reconfigured to align with the Myanmar context, and has been developed in consultation with local civil society organisations and following a workshop involving researchers, policy advocates and artists. The research process will be documented, and the results disseminated, using film and photography.