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The DaNa Facility

The DaNa Facility is an innovative private sector development programme based in Myanmar, funded with £25 million from the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and running from 2016 through to December 2020.

 

The Facility is designed to support the transformation of the Myanmar economy with a focus on serving the needs of the poor and groups historically marginalised from the economy, such as women and people with disabilities.

 

Delivered by DAI Europe and KPMG, it is designed to be agile enough to work across a variety of sectors and regions in Myanmar. It is one of three components of DFID’s wider ‘Business for Shared Prosperity’ (BSP) programme, for which it serves as secretariat.

Our objectives

Within Myanmar the DaNa Facility aims to:

1)   facilitate the ease of doing business;

2)  improve trade and competitiveness;

3)  support reform of the financial sector to increase access to finance, especially for the poorest; and

4)  promote inclusive and responsible business.

To achieve its objectives, the DaNa Facility has focused its activity on four key sectors of the Myanmar economy. These are agribusiness, community forestry, the garments and textiles industry and access to finance.

 

It also has a cross cutting focus on women’s economic empowerment, conflict and context sensitivity and social and environmental sustainability.

Our Activities

The Facility has three main ways in which it seeks to achieve its objectives.

1)  competitive grants and technical support for innovative new projects from the not-for-profit and business sectors;
2)  high level direct technical assistance, delivered alongside partners in the Myanmar Government, business community,
civil society and other development partners; and
3)  a strategic response facility to enable quick and flexible support for the Government on private sector development.

Our Approach

The Facility is designed to be able to identify and respond rapidly to promising opportunities and requests for support, and a willingness to be flexible, support innovative new concepts, and take informed risks where necessary.

We have the capacity to coordinate our activities at the firm, business sector, sub-national, and national government levels, to harness synergies and create sustainable impacts.

We also provide support to the Myanmar government’s economic policy priorities and objectives in private sector development and work close coordination with other development partners in Myanmar.

Operating Priniciples

The DaNa Facility has drawn up a set of context-specific operating principles which reflect how we will implement our strategy to support inclusive economic growth in Myanmar. These principles are used to guide our work and decisions over the life of the project and will be revisited annually.

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