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Partnerships and Policy Reform

Grant programmes

The DaNa Facility currently has three competitive grant programmes.

The Economic Empowerment Window

 

 Our  Economic Empowerment Window (EEW), launched on 30 January 2017, targeted non-profit organisations and has provided

 grant funds to four innovative projects. Each of these projects are co-financed with money from both DFID and the organisation

delivering the project.

 

The projects are:

1. ‘Pulses, People, Planet and Profit’ (P4) project, run by the ICCO Cooperation, East West Seed and Network Activities Group which aims to increase the incomes of 10,000 smallholder farmers and will support the development of seed multiplication and distribution, introduction of Good Agricultural Practices and Climate Smart Agriculture, and collective marketing.

 

2. Work by the Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID),  in the Pa-O Self Administered Zone which aims to improve the livelihoods of 400 households, many of which  are headed by women. It will introduce farmer field schools, agribusiness advisory services and create producer groups to help smallholder farmers to break out of their current isolation at the bottom of the value chain in a range of agricultural produce.

 

3. The Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Association (MFVP), which is undertaking a project which aims to use targeted interventions in value chains to increase and diversify incomes for fruit and vegetable farmers in upland areas of southern Chin and Shan states and directly reach at least 2,000 farmers. In alignment with Myanmar’s national export strategy, the project will create new economic opportunities for smallholder producers, including ‘inter-cropping’ and shifting away from unsustainable ‘slash and burn’ techniques.

 

4. And a project run by The Leprosy Mission Myanmar and BRAC Myanmar which aims to provide new and sustainable economic opportunities for people with disabilities (PwD), especially women, through innovative microfinance and workforce interventions in Mandalay, Bago and Yangon. The project will reach over 1,000 PwD.  In Myanmar, two-thirds of all PwD of working age are unemployed, and the figure is even higher for women with disabilities.

 

 

The Business Innovation Window

 

Our second grant programme, the Business Innovation Window (BIW), was launched in August 2017, and is targeting

for-profit organisations with innovative projects to promote inclusive economic growth, in the three focus sectors. Eleven Inclusive businesses were selected to receive DaNa investment. BIW projects include:

 

Myanmar Artisans, which through training, product development and building better links to higher value markets, will use these diverse textile traditions and skills of Myanmar to improve the livelihoods of women and underserved groups working in the sector.

 

Stonestep Myanmar/Vision Fund, an innovative new project that plans to develop a pioneering micro-insurance market in Myanmar by introducing and expanding micro-insurance products designed to build the resilience of households and small businesses protecting them from financial and other shocks through products such as health, life and asset insurance.

 

Inclusive Business Ecosystem Window

 

Our Inclusive Business Ecosystem Window (IBEW), was launched in April 2019,  is supporting organisations who are seeking to incubate or accelerate Inclusive Business models within Myanmar. The grant window will focus on stimulating opportunities for enterprises in the following areas: Inclusive Business, Fintech, AgTech, health and education. Two organisations were selected to receive DaNa investment. They include:

 

ICCO Corporation, together with One to Watch and Truvalu, will implement the ‘Accelerate Inclusive Burmese SMEs for Shared Prosperity’ project.

 

Phandeeyar will be the sole implementer of the “AccelerateMM: Using Technology to Grow Inclusive Businesses in Myanmar”.

 

Each project will improve the start-up ecosystem for inclusive businesses in Myanmar through incubating at least 10 enterprises in Myanmar.

Our partnerships

Alongside our grant windows the DaNa Facility also signed agreements to provide strategic financial support with key

organisations working to support inclusive economic growth in Myanmar.

 

This has included support for responsible business through funding for the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) 

an initiative to encourage responsible business activities throughout Myanmar. It aims to provide a trusted, impartial forum for dialogue, seminars,

and briefings to relevant parties as well as access to international expertise  and tools in the area of responsible business.

 

We have also commissioned and provided funding for the Asia Foundation to conduct a nationwide competitiveness and

business environment survey.

 

The DaNa Facility has also teamed up with the  UNCDF for a project on access to finance and is supporting the National Export

Strategy along with the  International Trade Centre.

Policy reform

The DaNa Facility is also leading in a number of key areas of policy reform:

    • Public-private dialogue and support to the PSD Committee of the government
    • Trade and investment promotion and facilitation
    • Inclusive and ethical business support
    • Financial inclusion, agriculture finance and fintech
    • Business environment reforms in the states and regions
    • Support to business associations and chambers of commerce