‘Reducing Inequalities in Public Engagement in Myanmar’ (RIPE)
RIPE is a global collaborative partnership between Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF) and Global Research Network on Parliaments and People (GRNPP), which aims to pursue ‘innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities which stimulate pathways to impact’ (AHRC 2018). The project originally ran for a period of one year in 2019, but was granted an extension in order to generate greater breadth of awareness and advocacy around inequalities in Myanmar society and politics.
The project team’s objectives are three-fold: (1) to help shape a socio-political environment in which under-represented and excluded groups have improved access to, participation in, and representation within the country’s democratic processes; (2) to establish a multi-stakeholder Alliance for Inclusive Democracy to identify and agree strategic priorities in reducing inequalities in public-political engagement; and (3) to unlock the potential of research-based creative collaborations in communicating the challenges and opportunities around more inclusive democracy.
Alliance for Inclusive Democracy
The Alliance brings together distinct communities of practice and interest groups from across Myanmar, in an unprecedented move, in order to identify and pursue strategies for deepening political access, participation and representation among under-represented groups in the country.
‘Unlocking the Creative Potentials of Research’ workshop
In June 2019, PositiveNegatives brought together our P4P Grant recipients as well as artists from across Myanmar to connect with each other, and to collectively consider how research-based creative arts can contribute to socio-political change. The objective was to bring together these distinct communities of practice and provide them space to unlock the potential of researcher-artist collaboration. Read more about the workshop
Ahnu Thu Tay Tha Na Festival
Inspired by conversations with people from across Myanmar over the course of the RIPE project, lead partners EMReF are organising a two day ‘festival’ that will bring the topic of more inclusive democracy directly to the public. Through a series of research-based art installations, screenings, and performances in the beating heart of Yangon, the public will be invited to engage with deeper democracy less as an abstract or political objective, and more as something which they can integrate into their own everyday actions. ‘Change’ explains Myat Thet Thitsar, EMReF Director, ‘begins with people’.
Exhibitors at the festival will include, amongst others, the Creative Collaboration Partnerships that were formed following the ‘Unlocking the Creative Potentials of Research’ workshop in June 2019. [insert project summaries and photos].