Policy Brief

Social Enterprise Landscape in Myanmar

26 July 2017


This report aims to understand the broad contours of Myanmar’s emerging social enterprise (SE) space for both ‘formal’ and informal SEs, zooming into the regulatory environment, financing environment as well as key challenges and opportunities. Awareness of the concept of SE is starting to emerge and the space in Myanmar has begun to take shape as existing entities in the NGO or private sector are beginning to identify themselves as SEs. However, there exists an ‘informal’ SE sector where its constituents have yet to be accounted for in the current SE literature. In response to that gap, the report will examine the state of ‘informal’ SEs that presently operate as NGOs, associations, cooperatives, or private entities but that could play a role in growing the Myanmar SE community. At this stage delineation between different donors is required to define their potential contribution to SEs and will serve to guide the discussion in this report. ‘Donors’ are defined as governmental and intergovernmental development institutions such as USAID, and UNDP. Other donors are categorized as foundations (institutional) and charitable donations (individual).


A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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