Thawng Za Pum (EMReF)
Programme Manager of the Parliamentary Research and Support Program, EMReF, Myanmar
P4P Small Grant Recipient
Regional Parliaments in Myanmar: planning comparative research
With funding from a P4P small grant, EMReF invited representatives from CSOs and arts organisations from throughout Myanmar’s states and regions to a two-day workshop held in Yangon in August 2018 that was devoted to the comparative study of regional parliaments in Myanmar. On the first day, representatives from various CSOs shared their research, methods and experiences. This was followed by a day of planning in which participants developed a collaborative approach to researching regional parliaments in Myanmar. Senior analysts and researchers from the UK Hansard Society and SOAS University of London were involved in this practical learning exercise and introduced some of the research and dissemination methods that they have used when studying parliaments in different countries.
Duration: July to August 2018
Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF) is an independent non-profit research institution working for development of evidence-based policy making and revitalization of independent research culture in Myanmar. EMReF places a particular focus on supporting the strengthening of national and state legislatures. EMeRF conducted Performance Analysis on Local Legislatures (2010-2015), and currently distribute data on local legislatures through the MyPILAR website (www.mypilar.org) and by issuing by-weekly news bulletins on the work of state legislatures. The organisation is also working on developing the capacity to act as trainer for sub-national parliaments in various areas including parliamentary research. Currently EMReF has been working effectively parliamentary strengthening programs in partnership with Canadian Parliamentary Center under the ongoing IDRC-funded project “Building Parliamentary Research Capacity”, and SOAS (University of London) and Hansard Society (London) for a program namely Parliament for People (P4P), which promotes public engagement with parliaments and promote role of legislatures in Myanmar.