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Third Workshop of the “Strengthening Civil Society Organizations in Myanmar 2019-2020” Program: Democracy and Economic Development, and the Civil Society Engagement

Third Workshop of the “Strengthening Civil Society Organizations in Myanmar 2019-2020” Program: Democracy and Economic Development, and the Civil Society Engagement     EAI has provided ongoing research and institutional assistance to the strengthening of civil society organizations and democracy promotion through the “Strengthening Civil Society Organizations in Myanmar” program since 2015. The third workshop of the 2019-2020 program, “Promoting Civil Society Engagement in Myanmar’s Electoral Democracy,” was held online on May 27th in 2020.   In the third workshop, discussions based on online lectures from Professor Larry Diamond of Stanford University took place. Before students had the chance to participate in discussions, they acquired theoretical knowledge by listening to the first online lectures on “Economic Development and Democracy” and “Civil Society and Civic Engagement,” and engaged in this workshop with Professor Jin Seok Bae of Gyeongsang National University to examine the legitimacy and Myanmar’s democratic consolidation and discuss ways to take democracy in Myanmar to the next step.   Due to COVID-19, EAI has replaced the third Yangon workshop which was scheduled in late April to an online platform with remote lectures and discussion sessions. EAI plans to hold further lectures on civil society engagement in electoral democracy in light of Myanmar’s November 2020 general elections. The “Strengthening Civil Society Organizations in Myanmar” program has been supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) since 2015.       Lecturer Jin Seok Bae, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Gyeongsang National University   Program Manager Younghyun Lee, Research Associate at EAI Juhyun Jun, Research Associate at EAI   Participating Institutions Sandhi Governance Institute Yangon School of Political Science Another Development Yone Kyi Yar Knowledge Propagation Society Naushawng Development Institute

2020-05-28