The British Council manages two strands of the Burma Civil Society Strengthening Programme (BCSSP), with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Danish International Development Agency (Danida). These are the Amatae programme and the Pyoe Pin programme.
Following A+ ratings in DFID’s last three annual reviews, the BCSSP Programme has been granted a contract extension through to December 2016, bringing the total values of each strand to £3.6 million for Amatae and £16.7 million for Pyoe Pin.
Amatae works with 12 civil society organisations throughout Myanmar, engaging on social and political issues. The programme provides medium-term institutional support to the organisations through core grants and capacity-building.
Pyoe Pin was established in 2007 and is now in its second phase. The programme strengthens the capacity of civil society in Myanmar to participate in decision making by supporting the building of positive coalitions between civil society, the private sector and government around selected issues.
In the remaining period, Amatae and Pyoe Pin will build on existing activities in Myanmar to support an inclusive political settlement.
The learning and successes of the BCSSP will be recorded and fed back to donors and stakeholders to advocate for future development practice.