Project information

Strengthening the response to disasters in Myanmar

Myanmar is a country that faces multiple humanitarian crises – both natural and man-made. With your support we can build the skills of national aid workers responding to disasters, so they are better able to support those in need.

January 2017 - December 2017

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  • Need


    Over one million people in Myanmar are in need of humanitarian assistance. The country is prone to a variety of natural disasters, as well as internal displacement due to ongoing instability and conflict. The ‘opening-up’ of Myanmar to the international community has led to a growth in humanitarian organisations operating in the country. Local aid workers are often inexperienced and they need training and support so that they are able to more effectively respond to disasters in the country.


    This project will aim to solve this problem by delivering a series of training and capacity-building programmes for local aid workers in Myanmar, helping to build their skills and knowledge of humanitarian action. As a result, they will have an increased understanding of aid and will be better able to support those those affected by disasters in the country.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase the ability of aid workers in Myanmar to operate more safely and securely.


    » Run two workshops for Myanma aid workers on personal safety and security management.
    » Establish two peer support networks for Myanma aid workers, allowing them to offer support for colleagues who have experienced security challenges.

    Success will be 48 local aid workers trained in safety and security, and 240 of their colleagues receiving guidance through the support network.

    Aim 2

    Increase the capacity of aid workers in Myanmar so they are able to better respond to disasters.


    » Train and mentor local aid workers working for 12 international NGOs to develop training programmes for their local partners.
    » Deliver eight workshops to Myanma aid workers on a range of skills, including project management, emergency preparedness, and monitoring & evaluation.

    Success will be 96 local aid workers trained in a range of skills, with an additional 24 being supported to develop 24 training programmes for their local partners.

  • Impact


    The project will lead to an increase in the skills and knowledge of aid workers in Myanmar, that will enable them to provide more effective support for those most in need in the country.
    This success will be demonstrated through follow-up surveys of participants, which will ask those trained to rate their increase in knowledge and skills as a result of the project. A target of 90% of participants stating they have increased their understanding will be set.


    One risk is that the situation in Myanmar could make it unsafe for RedR to deliver training in the country. A second is that we are unable to attract sufficient numbers of participants.

    Both will be countered through working closely with local organisations to ensure we have up to date and relevant security advice about the situation on the ground, and to support us in effectively promoting the project.


    Donors to this project will receive a quarterly report from RedR updating them on project progress and any changes that need to be made to ensure it success.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £148,312

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      Amount Heading Description
      £35,415 Safety and security training Learning needs assessments, trainers, venues, training materials, peer support network hosting etc.
      £30,347 Developing partner capacity Learning needs assessment, trainers and venue, training materials, mentoring costs.
      £45,624 Training local aid workers Trainers, venues, training materials etc.
      £17,581 Staff costs Project management, monitoring, and delivery.
      £19,345 Indirect costs Office costs, materials, insurance etc.
  • Background


    Myanmar is one of the countries at highest risk of natural disasters in Southeast Asia, with floods, and cyclones regularly affecting the population. There is also significant displacement due to political instability and inter-ethnic violence in many states. These crises are occurring at time of political transition, where the oppressive former regime is making way for a democratically-elected government.


    The direct beneficiaries of this project will be national aid workers in Myanmar, who as a result of the project will be more skilled and able to deliver more effective humanitarian programmes. The indirect beneficiaries of the project will be those who receive support from those trained – local communities affected by disasters in Myanmar.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Founded in 1980, RedR has over 35 years’ experience operating in the humanitarian system. Last year, we trained more than 5,000 people in over 30 countries around the world. We have been working in Myanmar since the beginning of 2016, so far training 74 aid workers in the country over the last six months. All of this experience will be drawn upon when delivering this project to ensure it is a success.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    RedR Associate Trainers

    Training will be delivered RedR’s Associate Trainers, a pool of aid workers with significant experience in operating in a humanitarian context.

    RedR's Europe & Global Initiatives Team

    Based in London, this team have extensive experience of delivering a number of training programmes in Myanmar.

"If you're not a professional in this game, you have no right to descend on someone in their moment of crisis and do on-the-job training... Because the poor, dispossessed and disaster-prone should have at least one basic right left to them: to be protected from incompetence."

Jan Egland, former UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator