ACHR /ACCA in Myanmar
ACHR has published a newsletter special issue on the exciting community-driven process that has taken off in Myanmar, since the Cyclone Nargis hit in May 2008 - much of it supported by ACCA. The full-colour, 28-page issue contains inspiring stories about the people-driven reconstruction of villages that were destroyed by the storm and the setting up of rice banks as a new kind of village-managed social safety net. There are also stories about the birth, toddlerhood and young-adulthood of Myanmar's women's savings movement, which in just a few years has created many new possibilities and new links between the country's poorest women, in both storm-hit rural villages and inner-city squatter settlements in Yangon, Mandalay and other cities.
Since the storm in 2008 and the big political changes in 2011, Myanmar has been opening up to the world at an astonishing speed. Investors are flocking in to exploit the country’s vast natural resources and cheap labor, and market forces are making land prices soar. Evictions are increasing, and problems of urban and rural landless- ness are clearly going to get worse before they get better. At the same time, consultants and development agencies of all sorts are flooding into Asia’s newest poverty hotspot. Most of the projects these agencies develop will follow the old top-down,supply- driven model, in which poor communities are passive receivers of some- one else’s idea of what they need.
In this context, the projects described in this report could not be more vital or more timely for Myanmar, for they show how much poor communities can do to solve their own problems of poverty, land, housing and livelihood, when they are given a little space, and ac- cess to very modest resources, to plan and carry out their own solutions, as communities. The solutions these communities are showing are still small in scale, but with several common elements, they show a new light
THE NEWSLETTER is downloadable (below) and covers news on Myanmar's urban poor collective rebuilding; savings, networks, rice banks, urban land & housing solutions , collective financial mangement systems and more.
May 2014: The Community Architects Network visit Mandalay and Rangoon to help with Community mapping and preparation for upgrading ..... photos from Nad.
Map presentation in the temple ....
Mapping in Mandalay
Myanmar Update December 2014
ACCA in 8 cities in Myanmar… all the news and stat.s
Cyclone Nargis opens up new possibilities for People
Post cyclone Housing
Who builds houses better, cheaper, faster?
Expanding the model to Yangon
Urban Housing: ACCA support in 3 communities
The community-driven process expands to the even more difficult city of MANDALAY
National Workshop showcases people-managed development
Understanding the problems and exploring solutions with MAPPING
on the above topics 4 page extract from ACCA 5 Year Report
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