November 4, 2016 – Today at Nay Pyi Taw took place the MoU signing ceremony between UN-Habitat and the Department of Rural Development (DRD) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation of the Government of Myanmar. For the last five years UN-Habitat and DRD have coordinated to provide support to most impoverished rural communities across the country.
In his opening remarks, U Khant Zaw, Director General, highlighted the continued coordination and arduous work throughout the past years to provide good services to the people, which in turn help improve
their living conditions. He also mentioned about the hundred percentage coverage with meterage of household water supply in 180 villages, which proves sustainable. With the new MoU signing dated up to 2018 with budget US$ 9.5 million, both partners will continue collaborating to support most vulnerable communities to improve their living conditions in with a focus on supporting communities with access to safer basic services and improved community infrastructure, U Khant Zaw said, while thanking UN-Habitat for the support provided to Myanmar.
Bijay Karmacharya, Country Programme Manager of UN-Habitat as well underscored the mutual collaboration to support rural communities through the People’s Process – community-driven development, CDD – and the importance of the approach which puts people at the centre of decision-making and implementation. He mentioned about the tremendous responsibility of DRD to fulfill the needs and aspirations of the people through CDD that goes directly to the people, and contributes to enhance their living conditions. To conclude, Bijay Karmacharya thanked DRD not only for the trust and confidence, but also for the flexibility and freedom that allow UN-Habitat to reach the poorest of the poor.
By the end of the new MoU in 2018, over 1.8 million people in 1,314 villages (25 townships) would be benefited from WASH, community infrastructure, electricity and housing projects.