In Myanmar we’re improving access to affordable, reliable and clean energy, prosperity for farmers, knowledge and skills capability, and disaster preparedness.


In recent years, we have increased our development investment in Myanmar.  This supports ASEAN’s commitment to narrow the development gap between its members.

Myanmar is one of the least developed countries in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and has recently emerged from five decades of economic and political isolation.

We're supporting Myanmar to achieve sustainable development through our bilateral programme that aims to develop partnerships that deliver development results drawing on New Zealand’s expertise to meet Myanmar’s needs in agreed priority areas reflected in the New Zealand-Myanmar Joint Commitment for Development signed in November 2017.

Myanmar also receives development assistance through regional initiatives including the ASEAN programme, scholarships, Partnerships Fund activities, and humanitarian assistance funding.

What we're supporting

We're working closely with the Myanmar Government and other partners to deliver development activities.

Priority Activities and outcomes

Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture

Improving dairy production and quality and farmer incomes through a seven year, $6.9 million Myanmar New Zealand Dairy Excellence Project with the Agribusiness Group.

Strengthening control strategies for Foot and Mouth Disease and increase livestock-related income. This five-year $7.5 million activity in Myanmar is in partnership with the World Organisation for Animal Health, with support from Massey University and our Ministry for Primary Industries.

Reducing rural poverty and improving food security and more sustainable farming systems through a five-year $12 million winter crop activity in Rakhine State. This activity with Adam Smith International focuses on improving winter crop diversification and water management to benefit up to 1,250 farmers.

New Zealand’s Agriculture Services Limited is collaborating with the Dutch Aid Programme, Yezin University, and State Agricultural Institutes to deliver technical training across the livestock farming chain in our five-year $5 million Myanmar Industry Training Initiative.

Improve workforce skills and capabilities

Building civil society leadership through a five-year, $3 millio Myanmar Young Leaders Programme (MYLP). In partnership with UnionAid, 12 young community leaders come to New Zealand each year to improve their English and understanding of democracy in action.

Providing 35 post-graduate and 23 short-term training scholarships per annum in climate change, agriculture, renewable energy, disaster risk management, governance, education and public sector leadership, and English language training to 33 Myanmar officials in New Zealand and 25 participants in Myanmar each year.

Our three-year Myanmar Bespoke English Language Training activity will train up to 333 officials in public sector leadership and good governance, while attaining proficiency in English. 

Renewable energy
Expand access to affordable, reliable, clean energy

Our Renewable Energy Programme in Myanmar supports increased and equitable access to affordable and reliable energy. This includes:

Partnering with GIZ on the Promoting Rural Electrification in Myanmar (RELEC) Project which provides technical assistance and capacity building to support rural renewable mini grid development in Myanmar. This includes strengthening the enabling environment; increasing capacity to evaluate, plan, fund and implement mini-grid projects; and expanding the pipeline of micro/mini hydro projects.

Partnering with Norway and the Karen National Union, to undertake best practice development of renewable energy resources through the study of the commercial, environment and social feasibility of the Bawgata Lower Hydropower Project (BLHP).

Supporting on-grid solar power development in Myanmar undertaken by Independent Power Producers by assisting Government of Myanmar with the design and implementation of a competitive tendering process.

Building technical and commercial capability of Government of Myanmar in key roles relevant to the renewable electricity sector through the provision of training on Grid Integration and Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy Project Economics. 

Increased electricity access and  energy supply through the provision of training and technical assistance in the five-year, $6 million Renewable Energy activity.

Strengthen resilience
Implementing a five-year, $5 million Better Warehousing and Logistics Management initiative with Beca New Zealand, the Myanmar Red Cross and New Zealand Red Cross, to improve the structural integrity of warehouses, logistics systems, and warehouse equipment, and provide training in logistical and warehouse management best practices.

We also support Myanmar through a number of regional initiatives across ASEAN.

Recent achievements

Priority  Achievement
Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture

The Myanmar Dairy Excellence Programme has directly supported 862 dairy farmers, and influenced 5000 more through peer learning through the Greenovator App and social media. Milk production on some farms has increased from 5.3-6.8 to 9.4-11.5 litres per cow per day. Twenty participants have been trained in New Zealand on farm management and cheese making, and a milk quality laboratory has been upgraded in Mandalay.

Under the Rakhine Winter Crop (RWC) activity, 327 commercial farmers have been trained for GAP crop production and training, and 3697 farmers have received inputs for small scale vegetable production. 77 small-scale irrigation structures haven been constructed and 150 petrol pumps and pipes were distributed.

More than 5 million doses of Foot and Mouth Disease vaccines have been delivered in 2314 targeted villages in Myanmar. 20 veterinarians from South East Asia have attended short course training in New Zealand.

Improve workforce skills and capabilities

Myanmar Young Leaders Programme (MYLP) has trained 83 young leaders from different ethnic, religious and professional backgrounds to promote and foster peace and leadership development in Myanmar.

Renewable energy
Expand access to affordable, reliable, clean energy

Targeted training contributed to the increased technical and commercial capability of 70 Government of Myanmar staff in roles relevant to the renewable electricity sector.

Co-financing support to GIZ contributed to 33 new private sector developed mini grids beginning operation, delivering power to 8,100 households and an estimated 45,000 people.


Since September 2017, New Zealand has contributed $18.4 million to humanitarian relief in Myanmar and Bangladesh that includes $1 million to the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund, $750,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross to support humanitarian response in Northern Rakhine, and the balance to agencies operating in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.