As Burma struggles with advancing reform and reducing the military’s role in national affairs, it is faced with ever-daunting challenges. The country is undergoing three major structural transformations – from authoritarian to democratic rule, from economic isolation and underdevelopment to an integrated market economy, and from armed conflict to peace. In light of this sea change in Burmese life, ADAPT-IT focuses on developing capacity and skills to manage and use information responsibly and effectively to facilitate these reform processes.
ADAPT-IT will leverage UW’s considerable expertise on Burma and information sciences with a range of Burmese partners committed to bringing about a transformation in the information and education landscapes. Microsoft will fully match the USAID grant and contribute both software and technical expertise to the UW and the ADAPT-IT project, with a focus on helping Burmese organizations gain the capacity to effectively generate and disseminate trustworthy information.
ADAPT-IT project will build knowledge, skills and critical information competencies among Burma’s next generation of leaders within change-ready organizations across public, private, and social sectors. These competencies will enable them to design, develop, and execute trustworthy information strategies, policies, and services that support an emerging democracy and economic reforms. This initiative will be implemented through the partnerships with University of Washington (UW), Microsoft Corporation, and the Gates Foundation.