Who we are
Burma Centrum Nederland is a small Dutch Foundation that works towards the establishment of an all-inclusive democracy with respect for human rights and the environment in Myanmar.
In close cooperation with Burmese partner organizations, BCN organizes and executes trainings, workshops, seminars, forums and study tours for Myanmar civil society organizations, community based organisations and democratic forces.
BCN considers strengthening civil society, enlarging political capacity, stimulating grassroots participation and participatory development, as well as an all inclusive and constructive political dialogue towards sustainable peace and national reconciliation crucial for a democratic future for Myanmar.
As fostering political participation and stimulating both theoretical and practical democratic and development skills is a slow process, BCN focuses on supporting civil society, political actors and grassroots communities to take up their role in a developing democracy. Strengthening capacity, fostering active participation and facilitating engagement between people, their government and the civil service are central to BCN’s programs.
From 2015, BCN supported the Myanmar People Alliance with developing and executing a program to create awareness on democratic principles and practices, engage in non-violent, lawful activities and promotion of right based solution for people’s problems. BCN also supported MPA in collecting issue based people’s experiences, and developing proposals for change based on consensus and the direct needs of the people.