NAG governance projects ensure that sound and just policies are established through active community participation and collaboration among a wide range of stakeholders. Governance projects have focused on natural resource management, food security and livelihood development in Ayeyarwaddy, Bago, Mon, Rakhine, Dry Zone and Karen state.
NAG establishes relationship and trust with local government and departments and builds ownership, so that required technical capacity building, extension services, research and innovations brought from them, at the same time strengthen department capacity on mobilization, participatory planning, design and consultations by using participatory tools and visualization techniques.
NAG facilitates organizing the small scale fisher groups at the village level then associated at township and district level till they can be organized as Fishers Development Association (FDA) in Ayeyarwaddy Region.The FDA plays a key role in advocating tender process & collective access to fishing rights, awareness raising on eco-system and illegal fishing, proactive contribution to Regional Fresh Water Fishery Law, community based fishery management and promoting small scale aquaculture programs targeted to women. The main role of NAG is mobilizing and organizing of fishery groups and associations, providing technical supports to analysis of fishery tender and licensing process, organizing community consultation on Regional Fresh Water Fishery Law. Moreover, NAG supports regional ministers, parliament and key line department staff for exchange and learning from nearby countries with similar context with better fishery governance and value chain.
NAG provides technical support to Rakhine fresh water fishery law development process especially on law drafting and community consultation together with Pyoe Pin/DFID. Particularly, under the LIFT partnership for co-management of Ayeyarwaddy wetlands resources, NAG already organized seventy fishing communities in five districts of Ayeyarwaddy region, ultimately, the role of women will be studied thoroughly and plans have been made for strengthening their participation in co-management. Community fisheries co-management is likely to facilitate a more systematic and transparent collection of revenue from fishing licenses and tender/leasehold fees. The major implementation strategies of GoM project are community-led co-management, multi-stakeholder approaches, integrating gender and social equality, good governance etc while focusing on participatory M&E, shared accountability between public, private and civil society on the other hand.
Experiences with Community-based Development in Myanmar
Since 2008, NAG has worked on more than forty projects in thirteen states and regions. Working with local and international partners and networks, we are working towards a sustainably developed peaceful and prosperous society. NAG has implemented rural development programs and projects at township, district, region and national levels in Central Dry Zone, Coastal and Delta, Hilly Region and South Eastern Part of Myanmar.