Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar (K4DM)

The Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar (K4DM) Initiative, jointly supported by Global Affairs Canada and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), aims to strengthen Myanmar's internal capacity to generate sound advice for public policy and the ability to use this knowledge for policymaking.

Asia Research News collaborates with IDRC on communications and outreach to raise awareness about K4DM programs and research findings. Here are some activities supported by the initiative including website, videos, podcasts and magazine features.

The videos below provide an overview of the initiative and the activities supported.

Through Eyes of Leadership - K4DM 2022 Bangkok

Knowledge for Myanmar Democracy Initiative

Gender Equality

Research Systems

Knowledge Sharing

Gender Equality


Gender and Conflict in Myanmar

This podcast looks at the challenges faced by women and men in Myanmar, a country with the world's longest running ethnic conflicts and a military coup in 2021. The experts discuss predicaments faced by communities, how gender budgeting improves a country's overall development and opportunities that arise for women in times of conflict.

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Voices of Ethnic People In Shan State About Gender Equality Photo Essay

The Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID) has produced a beautiful photo essay, highlighting 16 case studies from their research to identify factors affecting women's economic, political and social empowerment.
Watch the videos in English, Burmese and French and read the Report.

ဓာတ်ပုံများကပြောသော: ကျား၊မရေးရာ တန်းတူညီမျှမှု ဖြစ်ရပ်မှန်များ

မြန်မာနိုင်ငံ ဘက်စုံဖွံ့ဖြိုးရေး သုတေသန အဖွဲ့အစည်း (MIID)သည် ရှမ်းပြည်နယ်ရှိ အမျိုးသမီးများ၏ စွမ်းရည်မြှင့်တင်မှု အခြေအနေများကို ကိုယ်တိုင်ပြန်ပြောပြချက်များနှင့် လှပသော ဓာတ်ပုံ အက်ဆေးများဖြင့် ဝေဝေဆာဆာ ဖော်ပြထားပါသည်။

Voices of Ethnic People in Shan State about Gender Equality - Photo Exhibit

ဓာတ်ပုံများကပြောသော: ကျား၊မရေးရာ တန်းတူညီမျှမှု ဖြစ်ရပ်မှန်များ

Research Systems


Doing Research in Myanmar Report

What does it take to rebuild a research culture? The Doing Research in Myanmar report by the Global Development Network and Centre for Economic and Social Development is a systematic study of how social science research is produced, distributed and used in the country. It explored historical context, as well as the main challenges and opportunities for restoring Myanmar's once robust research culture. Find out more on GDN’s website

Doing Research in Myanmar Report Introduction from Global Development Network

Decentralization and Democracy in Myanmar

This podcast delves into issues of decentralization and democracy in Myanmar, a country with the world's longest running ethnic conflicts and a military coup in 2021 while suffering from the impact of Covid-19. The experts discuss how decentralization could lead the way to democracy and peace. We invite you to listen to this podcast for a deeper insight into the issues.

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Understanding Myanmar's Development Research Report Series

The report series with Chiang Mai University’s Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development seeks to enhance Myanmar’s knowledge development and promote academic dialogue within South East Asia. Download the free reports here:

RCSD CMU video Burmese Version

Understanding Myanmar's Development Research Report Series

Heroes falling through the cracks

With the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), a think tank in Myanmar, we produced short 1-minute videos in English and Myanmar to raise awareness about a research survey CESD was conducting to better understand the challenges facing Myanmar's migrant workers during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Heroes falling through the cracks

အမေ့ခံ သူရဲကောင်း ရွှေ့ပြောင်းလုပ်သားများ

Knowledge Sharing


Visionaries shaping a new Myanmar

Three young fellows supported by IDRC’s Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar are tackling crucial issues in women’s rights, economic empowerment, and climate change through their research and advocacy endeavours. Published in Asia Research News 2024

Through eyes of leadership

IDRC’s Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar (K4DM) initiative launched its second phase in Bangkok with a Knowledge Marketplace that brought together partners and stakeholders concerned about research and higher education in Myanmar. Published in Asia Research News 2023.

Myanmar: The unremitting perseverance of researchers

Myanmar’s military coup has created new challenges for the country’s researchers. Asia Research News spoke with some of these researchers to find out how their lives and projects have been impacted since the coup. Published in Asia Research News 2022.

Elevating women leaders in Myanmar

Many hurdles remain to achieve gender equality in Myanmar politics and society at large. Research supported by Canada’s Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar Initiative is identifying opportunities to close the gap. Published in Asia Research News 2021.

Finding levers of change 

Highlights findings from Doing Research assessments in Myanmar, Bolivia, Indonesia and Nigeria. Published in Asia Research News 2020.

Sparking change through research 

Social scientists in Myanmar seeking to understand the factors that influence women’s participation in politics and the economy are finding that, before they can study, first they must inform. Published in Asia Research News 2020.

Increasing gender equality in an evolving democracy 

Researchers on the ground in Myanmar are investigating how women can get more involved in policymaking to ensure their voices are heard and needs are met as the nation embraces democracy. Published in Asia Research News 2019.


Myanmar: Through eyes of leadership blog

K4DM launched its second phase in Bangkok, Thailand with a series of events called the Knowledge Marketplace, which included book launches, roundtable discussions, research presentations, workshops and a public photo exhibition. Read our blog about working with K4DM on the marketplace’s agenda, website pages, campaigns, designs and more. 

Tea Circle Blog

Tea Circle - a forum for research on Myanmar

Tea Circle is a forum for new perspectives on Myanmar, highlighting analysis, research, opinions, book reviews, multi-media presentations and other types of submissions from a global community of contributors. Read the latest updates at and email our editors to submit your post at [email protected] or [email protected].

Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar (K4DM) Newsletters


Video Playlist with all the K4DM videos produced with Asia Research News


Podcast Page with all the K4DM podcasts produced with Asia Research News