Considered the last frontier of Southeast Asia, Myanmar has transitioned towards a more market-oriented economy since the opening of the country in 2011. Yet, the leapfrog needed for a sustained and inclusive economic development is challenged in particular by limited human capital, one of the underlying factors being the chronic lack of access to improved livelihood opportunities for the underprivileged working age population.    
About myanmar

Country Facts

  • Area in km2: 653,290
  • Population: 54,480,044
  • Capital: Nay Pyi Taw

Swisscontact in myanmar

  • since 2013
  • 4 running projects


Initial vocational education and training, Sustainable tourism
Vocational Skills Development Project
The project provides skills development opportunities to learners from disadvantaged background to enhance employment and self-employment opportunities and establishes access for MSMEs to finance, advisory and business development services to improve their overall business performance and to become more resilient.
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam
Agroecology and Safe Food System Transitions in Southeast Asia (ASSET)
The Agroecology and Safe food System Transitions (ASSET) project is a regional project funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the European Union (EU), and the Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial (FFEM) over five years from 2020 to 2025 in four targeted countries: Cambodia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. 

The project aims at developing and promoting a shared vision of the agroecological and safe food system transitions at South East Asian level. The project is coordinated by GRET in a strong articulation with CIRAD, in charge of the scientific coordination, the project will mobilize the expertise of 27 national, European and International partners, from research institutions, universities, NGOs, UN agencies, Ministries of Agriculture of the four countries. The project acts within the three overlapping spheres of influence, namely the societal sphere (citizen awareness and possible demands for safe agro-ecological products), the policy sphere (enabling environment at local, national and regional levels), and the technical and economic spheres (agroecological and safe food system innovations at territorial level in flagship sites).
Myanmar-Swiss Intellectual Property Project (MYSIPP) 
MYSIPP is a project funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) to contribute to the establishment of an IP system in Myanmar, which is an essential component to create favourable conditions for sustainable trade. 


Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar
Paving the road for Inclusive Systems Development
As the portfolio of Swisscontact South Asia is expanding, employees from different schools and organisations are joining Swisscontact more frequently. These new are often unaware of the key thinking approach of Swisscontact. Therefore, to develop their understanding and to refresh the knowledge of the existing employees, a team from Swisscontact Bangladesh took the opportunity to share their experience related to Inclusive Systems Development (ISD) approach with their colleagues from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Myanmar through a virtual workshop.
INGOs Call for an End to Violence Against Civilians Including Children and Warn of Imminent Humanitarian Crisis
As INGOs working in Myanmar, we condemn the Myanmar military’s widespread use of deadly violence against civilians. We are deeply concerned that since 1 Feb 2021, 550 civilians have been killed, including 46 children (According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners AAPP). This violence escalated even further on Saturday, 27 March, when at least 114 people were killed in a single day. Over the same weekend, airstrikes were launched by the Myanmar military in Kayin/Karen State, killing civilians and forcing around 10,000 people to flee their homes. These horrific acts of violence must stop immediately.
Initial vocational education and training
Ensuring equal participation of women and men in vocational skills development
The Vocational Skills Development Programme in Myamar implements various measures to ensure that women and men from disadvantaged groups have equal access to training opportunities.
Director South Asia
Manish Pandey

Swisscontact in Myanmar

Our work in Myanmar focuses on addressing the most critical issues impacting the local economic development through strategic partnerships with private sector, governments and local communities. We create programs that enable labour market access and provide basis for employment and income generation for disadvantaged women and men. 

Embodying sustainability at every level, we integrate in our initiatives capacity building of local actors in development and strengthening private sector engagement to leverage a unique set of connections and network. We are committed to achieving scalable solutions via market-led approaches while understanding local priorities, local context and promoting local ownership.

Swisscontact Myanmar: 
Our services
Sustainable growth, driven by an innovative private sector, adding value to underdeveloped regions and engaging disadvantaged populations as active market participants is the foundation of Swisscontact’s project work
Insights 1 - Why Local Vocational Training?


Swisscontact Myanmar

437(B), Pyay Road,
(behind Summer Palace Hotel)
Kamaryut Township,
11041 Yangon