Changing lives in partnership: DCA-NCA Joint Country Programme Myanmar 2017-2021

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Our vision

All people in Myanmar enjoy a dignified life, and are able to know and exercise the full range of their human rights in a safe, just and peaceful way, based on a true appreciation for diversity of all kinds, and respect for democratic rules and principles.

About DCA-NCA Myanmar

DCA-NCA works in partnership with civil society organisations, includ­ ing faith-based networks and institutions, to strengthen their contribution to building a vibrant, safe and prosperous Myanmar, together with the public and private sectors.

From 2017 to 2021, we have agreed with our partners to focus on three thematic programmes in two geographical areas, East and Southeast and in the Dry Zone in the middle of Myanmar.

Thematic areas

1. Fighting Inequalities

Goal: Communities and individuals, especially women and men who are civil society leaders, human rights defenders, survivors of gender-based violence, gain more knowledge and skills to confidently participate in decision making, and advocate for justice and quality public services.

  • Active Citizenship
  • Natural Resource Governance
  • Eliminating Gender-Based Violence

2. Saving Lives and Building More Resilient Communities

Goal: The poorest and most vulnerable rights holders, especially small-scale farmers and communities that are affected and displaced by natural disasters and/or armed conflict are able to survive and develop stronger preparedness and resilience to tackle and recover from extreme situations. Communities practice climate resilient livelihoods, experience food security, and know how to protect themselves against risks of mines and unexploded ordinances.

Communities are well-organised and take active part in assessing and responding to humanitarian needs and providing humanitarian assistance.

  • Resilient livelihoods, Food security, Climate change adaptation
  • Community-led Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Safer Communities and Mine Risk Education
  • Protection, resettlement and livelihood support to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
  • Humanitarian Action, specialising in cash grants and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

3. Capacity Development of Partners Organisations

Goal: DCA-NCA partner organisations receive guidance and assistance to assess their own capacity building and development priorities, and to create plans and generate resources to improve their performance and impact. Partner staff and DCA-NCA own staff have opportunities for personal and professional growth, and experience a professional and ethical work environment where learning and innovation is highly encouraged.

DCA and NCA Globally

DCA was founded in 1922 as part of rebuilding efforts in war-torn Europe in the aftermath of World War I. DCA today remains a humani­ tarian and development organisation dedicated to helping and advo­ cating for oppressed, neglected and marginalised groups. DCA works in 19 countries in Africa, South and South East Asia and the Middle East.

NCA was founded in 1945, in response to suffering and displacement in Europe at the end of the World War II. NCA now works in more than 30 countries in Africa, South and South East Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.

DCA and NCA work to protect and assist those most in need, regardless of their ethnicity, creed, political or religious affiliation.

As faith-based organisations, DCA and NCA value and support the role that religious communities and organisations can and do play in promoting human rights and contributing to development. We also support and encourage interfaith networks and initiatives aimed at improving education, tolerance, stability and peace, through develop­ ment and humanitarian action.

DCA-NCA Myanmar

DCA and NCA have supported partners and programmes in Myanmar since the early 1990s, and both our organisations established country offices here in 2008. From 2017, DCA and NCA started to operate as one joint NCA-DCA country programme, team and office. DCA-NCA works in close partnership with a few short-term partners and around 20 long-term core partner organisations in Myanmar.

ACT Alliance

NCA and DCA are members of the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together), a coalition of 143 humanitarian organisations and churches across more than 130 countries working together to eradicate poverty, assist disaster-affected communities, and safeguard human rights. In Myanmar, the ACT Alliance Forum comprises of 9 members with a pilot joint project in Kayin state focused on building community capacity and resilience to natural disasters and conflict.

Core Humanitarian Standard

In January 2017, DCA in Myanmar was certified on the Core Humanitar­ ian Standard on Quality and Accountability {CHS).

DCA-NCA is fully committed to accountability and quality management in our policies and throughout our work, and we systematically com­ municate and seek to demonstrate these in the projects we support, and to all staff and partners.


Current donors include: European Commission, Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA, German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), START Network, and UNICEF.

Partners - for a comprehensive list of partners and a look at the whole programme, read the brochure here (5.70 MB)