[Media Invitation] “What policymakers really want from researchers: New perspectives on research and policy”

Media are invited to attend a roundtable discussion on Nov. 19 about how Myanmar’s think tanks can better support policymakers, hosted by the International Development Research Centre and local partners.

The discussion is part of an organizational development workshop taking place Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, marking the start of a new Myanmar Initiative project with Kivu International: “Building Emerging Think Tank Capacity”.

Results of the first-ever survey assessing local opinions of Myanmar’s think tanks will be released and discussed.

The “2018 Policy Community Survey – Report on Myanmar” highlights local views about Myanmar’s think tanks, and whether the research those organisations provide is sufficient to help policymakers address many economic and social challenges.

Speakers include:

• Min Zaw Oo, Ph.D, Executive Director, MIPS, Yangon
• Thi Dar Nwe, Sr Operations Specialist, Myanmar Development Institute
• Su Mon Thazin Aung, co-author of “Managing Change: Executive Policy Making in Myanmar” (TO BE CONFIRMED)
• Min Zin, Executive Director of the Institute for Strategy and Policy (TO BE CONFIRMED)
• Prof. Dr. Aung Tun Thet, former Presidential Adviser and now of Yangon University. (TO BE CONFIRMED)
• Will Paxton, Kivu International, United Kingdom

Reporters will have an opportunity to ask questions to the speakers.

Location: Mercure Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar, 17 Kabar Aye Pagoda Rd., Yankin Township, Yangon

Date: Monday, November 19, 2018 Time: 6 pm to 7:30 pm

For all media inquiries:

In English, please contact Caroline Madueno ([email protected]), local phone +95-094-4113-6157

In Burmese, please contact Patrick Lee ([email protected]), local phone +95-097-9533-8658

If unable to attend in person, the report will be available via the Think Tank Initiative (link below).

IDRC’s Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar aims to build the capacity of leaders to carry out research and evidence-based policymaking with a focus on inclusive economic policies and democratic laws and standards. This five-year, $10.7 million initiative is funded by Canada through the IDRC and the Global Affairs Canada.

IDRC’s Think Tank Initiative: TTI is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of independent policy research institutions in the developing country. Launched in 2008, and managed by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), TTI provides core, non-earmarked funding to 43 think tanks in 20 countries through a partnership between five donors: Hewlett Foundation, UK aid, Gates Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and NORAD. The program ends in September 2019.

Published: 14 Nov 2018

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