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
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
How we've helped
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.
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.