Although it is among the poorest nations in Asia, Burma (also known as Myanmar) is one of the least aided poor countries in the world. In addition, it has one of the lowest levels of public investment in health care and education.

Burma’s ruling body, the military State Peace and Development Council, is unaccountable and has no tradition of consultation with or participation by those affected by its decisions. The implementation of policies is hindered by corruption, which affects the poorest most of all.

Find out more in Key facts: Burma.

DFID’s main challenges in Burma are:

  • poverty and rural livelihoods
  • health
  • education.

DFID’s response to Cyclone Nargis

On 3/4 May 2008, Cyclone Nargis devastated a large proportion of Burma’s Irrawaddy delta and Yangon region, killing at least 84,500 people and leaving another 54,000 missing and presumed dead. It also caused damage estimated at US$4 billion ...

Find out more in Burma: Cyclone Nargis

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Trishaw drivers, market sellers and karaoke singers: the global economic crisis hits Burma

Nobody is immune from the impact of the current global economic crisis, from large banks in the US to car manufacturers in Japan, and even trishaw operators in the Burmese city of Mandalay.

After the saffron revolution

One year ago, thousands of Buddhist monks turned the streets of Burma saffron as they left their monasteries to protest against the repressive military Government. Today, work is still going on to build a more democratic Burma.

School children in Northern Shan state, Burma

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