Where we work

MYANMAR

Check out our overview and fast facts.

UNCDF has been operating in Myanmar since 2012 with a capital mandate to expand savings-led financial inclusion and use localised investments to drive poverty reduction and sustainable development.

The Making Access Possible (MAP) Financial Inclusion Diagnostic and Financial Inclusion Roadmap Myanmar provide the foundation for our in-country programmes and interventions, which contribute to a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Expanding Financial Access (EFA)

UNCDF Myanmar is currently implementing Expanding Financial Access (EFA), a country programme aimed at increasing formal inclusion in Myanmar from 30% to 40% by 2020. The programme will provide a full range of affordable, quality, effective and responsible financial services to MSME, small-scale farmers, women-led enterprises, youth, poor and low-income clients by encouraging stakeholders to work together in an integrated manner.

A core component of EFA is the Market Development Facility which seeks to address systemic market failures in a number of thematic areas through targeted funding solutions. It functions as a catalytic wholesale financial agent able to take-on risk and leverage outside sources of capital to boost funding to undercapitalised MFIs operating in Myanmar. Digital Financial Services and Women's Economic Empowerment are also critical cross-cutting themes and form the basis for a number of UNCDF Myanmar interventions, and the CleanStart programme provides funding to institutions working in renewables and clean energy. EFA also works in partnership with the innovative regional Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) funding facility which aims to accelerate financial inclusion across the ASEAN region.

MicroLead Expansion Myanmar

MicroLead Expansion Myanmar 2014-2017 is a 7 million dollar programme bringing leading financial service providers to Myanmar where they become market leaders, crowd-in additional investment and positively influence the development of the microfinance and cooperative sectors. In Myanmar, UNCDF established partnerships with three institutions: two microfinance institutions (ASA & Alliance) and one association of credit cooperatives (ACCU), providing them with performance-based grant financing to build greenfield operations.

As of June 2017, the project has exceeded its outreach target by nearly 100% and is reaching more than 200,000 clients, the majority of whom are women in rural areas. MicroLead also contains a dimension in which case studies and financial diaries research were conducted to further understand the financial behavior of low-income earners, and released as public goods accessible from our Knowledge Management Platform.

Programmes in Myanmar

EFA

provide affordable, quality, effective and responsible financial services to youth, poor and low-income clients

MicroLead

develop, pilot and scale deposit services for low income, rural populations, particularly women

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SHIFT

accelerate financial inclusion and women’s economic participation in the ASEAN region

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CleanStart

provide risk capital and technical assistance to financial service providers and energy enterprises on a regional or national level

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Results in Myanmar

208,000

Additional people have access to formal financial services due to MicroLead

85%

Percentage of MicroLead clients that are women (54% in rural areas)

600

Families benefitting from Greenlight Planet off-grid solar lighting solutions

700m

Myanmar Kyats given in financing to undercapitalised MFIs

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

Our Team

Yangon, Myanmar

Paul Luchtenburg

Country Coordinator & Programme Specialist

William Naing

National Officer

Aye Su Hlaing

Project Associate