Myanmar is a land of astonishing ethnic and cultural diversity.
This makes it a uniquely rewarding country to visit but it also presents unusually complex institutional and social challenges. As a result, many parts of the country have experienced armed conflict for many of the 70 years since independence. Sadly, this remains the case even today. There has been serious unrest, violence and conflict in Rakhine, Shan and Kachin States as well as elsewhere. For Prospect Burma, as Myanmar, now is a vital time to act in order to create a stable future for the country and its people. 2016 was a year of progress and change for Prospect Burma. We said goodbye to our founding patron Viscount Slim while welcoming HRH The Prince of Wales as our new patron; we opened our first-ever office in Yangon and
“Myanmar needs dedicated experts and educated young people like Khin Khin to break free from the cycles of violence and conflict that have disfigured this beautiful but troubled land.”
the year ended on a high with the news that our Vice-Chair Patricia Herbert is being recognised for her dedication to the charity and to Anglo-Burma relations in the New Year Honours List. We are delighted for Patricia and this much-deserved accolade. As we look forward to 2017, we look at our place in the ongoing and rapid evolution of Myanmar. In that context, I want to share with you the story of one of our scholars, Khin Khin Lwin (known to me as Penny), who is currently halfway through her Master’s degree in conflict transformation at New Zealand’s National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Otago University, Dunedin. Since the changes in Burma started in 2011, Khin Khin has been working both in UNESCO and in various national and international fora analyzing the root causes of Myanmar’s many conflicts and exploring novel techniques to address these. Prospect Burma is proud to support Khin Khin in her studies and assist her on her return to Myanmar with her new skills and knowledge later in 2017. Myanmar needs dedicated experts and educated young people like Khin Khin to break free from the cycles of violence and conflict that have disfigured this beautiful but troubled land. With your help, Prospect Burma can continue to seek out talented individuals to train in the most urgently needed skills, such as conflict and peace. Given the scale and complexity of the challenges facing Myanmar, it is a requirement that will be with us for some time to come.
Robert Gordon – Chairman of the Board of Trustees