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18 Dec 2017 description

This report sets out the cross-Government action that the UK has taken to improve gender equality, tackle sexual violence in conflict, and protect vulnerable people in conflict zones from sexual exploitation and abuse.

We are proud that the UK continues to lead the world on the Women, Peace and Security agenda, delivering on our commitments under our National Action Plan through practical support, diplomatic action, and funding.

05 Jul 2017 description

Alistair Burt has visited Burma on his initial trip as International Development Minister to see first-hand how the UK is supporting Burma to become a more peaceful and prosperous country.

08 Sep 2016 description

Rory Stewart visits Burma, Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan on first trip to the region since becoming International Development Minister.

Rory Stewart visited Burma, Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan on his first trip to the region since becoming International Development Minister to see how UK support is helping to build more peaceful, prosperous, safer and healthier countries, which is also in Britain’s interest.

29 Jan 2013 description

International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced a new education initiative - the Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC) - which will help over 200,000 children in Burma to complete a quality basic education.

The MEC will work alongside Burma's formal education system to reach children not in the government system. This will include an emergency component to support children whose education has been disrupted by violence such as the ongoing conflicts in Rakine and Kachin states.

25 Jun 2012 description

Annual report: New results show UK aid is changing lives

New figures tracking the success of UK aid around the globe show how British support is transforming the lives of the world's poorest people.

The latest numbers are set out in the Department for International Development's Annual Report 2011-12, published by the British Government ministry today.

The progress report reveals the Government is on track to deliver the results it set out over a year ago, in a major review of how British aid is targeted.

02 Feb 2012 description

Aung San Suu Kyi praised the work of DFID in Burma during a high-profile visit to a UK-funded project on Tuesday.

Following a request to see British aid in action, DFID Burma took her to see a project we are funding to help change the lives of more than 5,000 families in the country.

Tens of thousands of people lined the route that she travelled, cheering, throwing flowers and holding up banners saying ‘Our Hero, Our Leader’. The visit – her first to see development work in the country since her release.

18 Nov 2011 description

Britain stands shoulder to shoulder with Aung San Suu Kyi, says International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell.

Andrew Mitchell is the first British Minister in a generation to make a full official visit to Burma, where he has met the president and other senior leaders from Burma’s government and opposition and ethnic parties. He also travelled to Mandalay, where he saw first-hand how British aid is helping ordinary Burmese people and supporting change in Burma.

Andrew Mitchell said:

23 Mar 2010 description


Burma, in Southeast Asia, has a population of about 50 million people, and is a little bigger than France in terms of land area. The majority ethnic group, the Bamar, account for about 68% of the population. Other ethnic groups include the Kayin (Karen), Kachin, Chin, Mon, Shan and Rakhine.

Burma's ethnic diversity has played a major role in defining its political history and the country continues to face ethnic tensions and conflict. Burma has been ruled by military governments since 1962.

31 Jan 2010 description

Development and political progress cannot be separated in Burma. A genuine and sustained move towards political reconciliation, accountable government and respect for human rights is essential for long-term development and poverty reduction. The Department for International Development (DFID) works closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as part of the UK's overall approach towards Burma.

DFID's approach is consistent with the European Union Common Position on Burma.

30 Oct 2007 description

The UK will increase its aid for the poorest people in Burma from £9 million this year to £18 million by 2010, announced Douglas Alexander, the Secretary of State for International Development, during a debate in the House of Commons yesterday (Monday 29 October).

The announcement comes after peaceful protests led by monks and pro-democracy groups were suppressed by the military regime in September.

Reaching those most in need

Douglas Alexander said:

"We will not turn our backs on the Burmese people who have courageously stood up for their rights.