Our Commitment


A densely-forested, largely rural country, Myanmar is one of Southeast Asia’s largest nations and has one of the lowest population densities in the region. The country is currently on a triple transition – from an authoritarian military regime to democratic governance, from a centrally-directed to a market-oriented economy, and from 60 years of conflict to peace in its border areas. These transitions have the potential to create opportunity and shared prosperity, but a number of challenges remain. The economy is one of the least developed in the world, suffering the effects of decades of stagnation, mismanagement and isolation. Most social indicators are very low and corruption is rife. 37% the population are near or below the poverty line and access to adequate and nutritious food remains limited for the most vulnerable communities, especially in rural border areas. (Sources: UNICEF 2017; UNDP 2018, World Bank 2017; Unaids 2017)

total population (thousands)
GNI per capita
Life expectancy at birth
Human Development Index
148 (out of 189)
Under-5 mortality rate
Primary school net enrolment
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)

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