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2012 was a pivotal year for Myanmar, moving from a military regime to a parliamentary democracy with many evolutions: changes in ministries to implement reforms, releasing political prisoners, accepting non-governmental political opposition, cease fire agreements with ethnic armed groups, an end to censorship in the media and publishing, and new laws. The opening to international trade and growing interest from donors have opened up new possibilities.

In this context, GRET became an officially registered international NGO and obtained a license to run its microfinance activities. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Department of Health was signed to implement a new nutrition project. While ensuring the continuation of its existing projects, GRET forged new relationships, participated in new networks, explored new subject areas and intervention zones, established new projects with other NGO partners as part of consortia, collaborated with a private company as part of an innovative approach, prepared a new HR policy and standardized financial procedures, and began to build new relationships with government offices.

In March 2013, Pascal Canfin, France’s Minister of Development, met with GRET’s teams in Myanmar during an official visit and pledged his support for GRET’s activities strengthening Birman civil society.


  • Public Institutions and Local Authorities

Département d’Agriculture et de la Recherche agricole, Ministère de l’Agriculture et de l’Irrigation; Département de la Santé, Ministère de la Santé; Progress of Border Areas and National Races Department / Ministry of Border Affairs; Ministry; Myanmar Microfinance Supervisory Enterprise / Ministry of Finance and Revenue; Small-scale Industry Department / Ministry of Cooperatives

  • Donors

Danida (Embassy of Denmark); Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT); European Union (EU); UKAid;

  • UN and other International

UNDP; International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

  • NGOs

Mangrove Service Network (Myanmar); Solidarités International (France); Action Contre la Faim (France); Welthungerhilfe (Germany)

  •  Groups:

Food Security Working Group (FSWG); Land Core Group (LCG); Food Security and Agriculture Technical Group (FSATG); Food Security Information Network (FSIN); Microfinance Working Group (MFWG); International NGO forum.

  •  Companies:

Gold Power Co. Ltd, Cartier Charitable Foundation.


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