Strengthening Civil Society in Myanmar: Paung Ku

Project completed

Paung Ku is a prominent Myanmar non-governmental organization that strengthens civil society to drive positive social change, shaping the country to have freedom, justice, rights, peace and development that is pro-poor and environmentally sustainable. It is unique at this point in Myanmar in the reach of its network in the civil society and amongst power holders and the use of its sharp political economy analysis to effect change.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Human rights
Democratic participation and civil society
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
01.02.2014 - 30.06.2019
CHF  3’050’000

Myanmar’s political, economic and social transition offers great new opportunities as well as risks for its citizens and the environment. Civil society (CS) has grown and become more active. To reach its potential, it needs better technical and financial resources as well as interconnectedness.


The overall goal of Paung Ku is for civil society to drive positive social change in Myanmar.

Target groups

170,000 community members from Paung Ku's partner directly affected

Medium-term outcomes
  • Civil society actors have increased capacity to address and influence issues that affect their communities and the country
  • Civil society strengthening approaches of Paung Ku and other development actors are informed by learning

Expected results:  

  • 100 Civil society actors per year have improved access to financial, technical, human and institutional resources, including mentoring resources
  • Civil society actors have increased opportunities to reflect and learn in order to improve their practices through at least 200 learning platforms per year
  • 25 demands of civil society organization per years will be positively responded by governments and non-government actors by changing policy, laws and regulations and/ or other remedies.  

Results from previous phases:  

  • PK is registered as an independent organization
  • Governance is restructured: partially new board, new terms of reference and strengthened senior management team
  • Administrative, human resource and financial systems are set up and applied
  • Gender and Diversity Guidelines are developed
  • 173 micro-grants and mentoring have been provided to 132 civil society organizations (2014)
  • 200 learning platforms were supported (2104)
  • 179,000 people have been reached by PK and its partners
  • 24 cases out of 208 instances of PK partners actions, resulted in changes in laws, policies, or regulations and/or other remedies.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • SDC Field Office

Coordination with other projects and actors

Regular coordination meetings will take place with Paung Ku's other donors (DFID, NPA and others).

Paung Ku will continue to participate regularly in the SDC supported regional Local Governance Initiative and Network (LOGIN) activities.

Synergies will be sought between SDC other projects and PK partners at local level

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’050’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    3’040’460
Project phases Phase 3 01.07.2023 - 30.06.2027   (Current phase) Phase 2 01.07.2019 - 30.06.2023   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.02.2014 - 30.06.2019   (Completed)