Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Gender equality and social inclusion are the fundamental principles that underpin DaNa’s work to support inclusive and responsible economic growth in Myanmar.

At the DaNa Facility, we believe that safeguarding the rights of women, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT+ community to engage in economic and cultural life is essential for a healthy society – a society in which everyone has equal access to economic resources and opportunities, and is treated with dignity and respect.

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Over 60% of microfinance clients are women

12 women-led startup companies supported

2,884 women applying good agricultural practices (GAP)

A total 481,337 women supported as of Sep 2020

I’ve learned improved planting techniques and obtained high quality seeds. My income has increased more than ten times.

Khine Khine Nyunt, participant of the Transforming Rakhine Vegetable’s Market (TVeg) Project, implemented in Rakhine State by DaNa grantee East-West Seed.

What We Do

Increasing Knowledge and Skills

DaNa has supported training for 14,623 women on good agricultural practices (GAP), marketing, and business development. Training for business leaders includes courses on gender equality and respectful workplaces.

Strengthening Women’s Networks

We support the development of new women’s groups and work with existing groups at the village level to increase incomes through collective selling.

Reducing Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment

DaNa engages with community leaders to promote gender equality in community activities. We also collaborate with financial institutions to increase women’s access to finance.

Policy Advocacy

We played a key role advocating for gender integration into the Private Sector Development Framework Update and continue to support implementation of the National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women through our participation in the Women’s’ Participation Technical Working Group.


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