SCS Myanmar/CSM II Selects Advocacy Fellows
FHI 360

Civil Society and Media Project II (CSM II), funded by USAID and implemented by FHI 360 in Myanmar, is honored to announce that 29 Advocacy Fellows were selected at the Selection Committee meeting, held on August 15, 2019. The Advocacy Fellowship program is an on-the-job training program targeted to women, ethnic and religious minorities, persons with disabilities and former political prisoners. The Committee carefully reviewed the 120 applications received by the first deadline on July 31, 2019. Among the 29 Fellows selected, 15 are men and 14 are women. Fifteen are former political prisoners, 6 are persons with disabilities, 4 are from an ethnic minority and 4 are from a religious minority. The Fellows will each complete a 9-month fellowship from September 2019 to May 2020 through a placement with 24 different civil society and media organizations in Yangon and 6 other cities in Myanmar.

The names of the selected Fellows and their respective host organizations are listed below. The next deadline for applications is October 31, 2019. Details of the Fellowship program and joint application forms are available at the Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU) website (https://themimu.info/calls-for-proposals) or by sending an email request to Pan Deik Tun at pdtun@fhi360.org.

 

No.

Name of the Fellow

Name of the Host Organization

Location

1

Zin Min Than

Halcyon

Gyobingauk, Bago

2

Mar Mar Win

Halcyon

Gyobingauk, Bago

3

Khin Maung

Mosaic Myanmar

Yangon

4

Khin Maung Kyi

Open Myanmar Initiative

Yangon

5

Kyaw Moe Thu

Peace and Development Initiative (PDI-Kintha)

Buthidaung, Rakhine

6

Zaw Myint

Society for Peace and Justice

Yangon

7

Kyi Toe

Assistance Association for Political Prisoners

Yangon

8

Zin Mar Cho (aka)
Zar Zar Maw

DVB

Yangon

9

Bo Tauk

Future Light Center

Bago

10

Kyaw Thu Ya

Future Light Center

Bago

11

Aye Aye Mon

Legal Light

Mawlamyine, Mon

12

Phyu Phyu Aung

Legal Light

Mawlamyine, Mon

13

Min Thike Htaw

Myanmar Down Syndrome Association

Yangon

14

Ei July

Myanmar Lawyers Network

Yangon

15

Thinzar Khine

The 88 Generation (Peace and Open Society)

Yangon

16

Nan Shin Mon

Yangon School of Political Science

Yangon

17

Chit Htoo

Yangon School of Political Science

Yangon

18

Hla Hla Than

Mizzima

Yangon

19

Moe Htet Hlaim

Myanmar Now

Yangon

20

Soe Naing Win

New Myanmar Foundation

Yangon

21

Nemo Hlaing

The Nyang Media

Yangon

22

Myo Min Zin Shein

Federal Democratic Force

Yangon

23

Mu Lucia

Kyan Women Organization

Phekon, Shan South

24

Nang Tin Tin Mya

Local Resource Center-Mandalay

Mandalay

25

May May Than

Phan Tee Eain

Yangon

26

Ye Naing

Remove Obstructions Against Democratization

Yangon

27

Nant Aye Thandar Aung

Tagaung Institute

Yangon

28

Khin Khin Kyaw

Triangle Women Support Group

Yangon

29

Than Htike Maw

Triangle Women Support Group

Yangon

 

Background Information

“Advancing Transition to Peaceful Democracy Through Participation of Civil Society and Media” (CSM II) is a five-year (2018-2023), USAID-funded project implemented by FHI 360 and its international partners Internews, Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). CSM II works to promote the participation of civil society and independent media in strengthening democratic governance, intercommunal harmony and religious freedom, and peace in Myanmar. The CSM II vision is that after the project concludes, Myanmar will be a better-functioning democracy, with less conflict between armed groups, greater national reconciliation, more intercommunal harmony and religious freedom, and increased demand for laws and policies that better protect public rights and interests and are more effectively implemented. CSM II works closely with civil society and media organizations in Myanmar, helping them to increase the prevalence of high-quality reporting, to advocate for a fully inclusive, peaceful democracy.

CSM II has launched an Advocacy Fellowship Program, a 9-month on-the-job training program for selected Fellows. The Fellowship seeks to provide opportunities for women, ethnic and religious minorities, persons with disabilities, and former political prisoners to gain work experience through placement in a civil society or media organization. The program will provide financial and capacity building support to a total of 50 Fellows to empower and improve their skills in working on advocacy and awareness raising, or in public/media reporting, in the areas of law and policy reform, intercommunal harmony and religious freedom, and peace and national reconciliation. At the same time, civil society and media organizations will benefit from additional human resource capacity and personal experience brought by the Fellows. Application is open from the date of announcement on June 1, 2019 until 50 Fellows are selected from quarterly Selection Committee meetings. Deadlines for quarterly review are July 31, 2019, October 31, 2019, January 31, 2020, April 30, 2020 etc.