Advancing Democracy and Promoting Transformations with Information Technology (ADAPT-IT)

University of Washington and Microsoft Corp. unite on major USAID initiative to strengthen higher education and sustain reform in Burma (Myanmar).

Advancing Democracy and Promoting Transformations with Information Technology (ADAPT-IT)

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.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

    United States | Staff size: Unknown
    They are focused on the areas of greatest need, on the ways in which they can do the most good.


  • Microsoft Corporation

    Development Consulting, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Microsoft provides support to communities in three ways: technology skills training, strengthening nongovernmental organizations through technology, and engaging our employees in their...

  • University of Washington

    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The University of Washington educates a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens and future leaders through a challenging learning environment informed by cutting-edge...

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Key Information

LocationMyanmar, East Asia and Pacific
  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 2.93 Million