Simon Lewis is a freelance journalist covering Southeast Asia. Following a stint as business editor of The Cambodia Daily newspaper in Phnom Penh, he has been based since 2013 in Yangon, where he also worked as an editor and reporter for The Irrawaddy news magazine. He has reported on development, business, human rights and religion in the region.
International development organizations in Myanmar are temporarily suspending "normal" and "routine" programming in the country's inundated areas to provide humanitarian aid to those displaced by recent flooding.
Fighting between government and rebel forces in the Kokang region of Myanmar's northern Shan State has led many migrants and locals in the area to seek refuge in neighboring states and across the border in China. With access severely restricted, how can aid groups help these IDPs?
As it steadily opens itself to the international community, Myanmar started the year by adopting a landmark program for universal social safety nets. The strategy is not without its problems, as we learn from experts on the ground.