The DaNa Facility currently has two competitive grant programmes.
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.
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 four focus sectors. The first grants under the BIW are expected to be announced in 2018.
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.
The DaNa Facility is also leading in a number of key areas of policy reform: