Foreign aid in Myanmar: A precarious balance

Myanmar’s transition to democracy brought with it tourists, investors, donors and international organizations, all rushing into this formerly secluded country. But is Myanmar ready? Photo by: Christopher Michel / CC BY

As Myanmar transitions from military dictatorship toward democracy, the country has become a development darling.

International news is awash with pledges from governments keen to demonstrate their support for the nascent reforms. The European Union, for instance, plans to more than quadruple its annual development assistance to as much as €90 million (US$123 million) starting next year; U.K. aid will double in 2014 to more than £60 million ($95 million). Dwarfing both of these commitments, Japan announced a package of aid and investment worth ¥40 billion ($394 million) and the World Bank plans to put $2 billion in a multi-year development program.

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    Dani Patteran

    Dani Patteran is a freelance journalist and researcher based in Yangon, Myanmar. With a background in humanitarian aid, she covers humanitarian and development stories in Myanmar for a range of outlets. Prior to Myanmar, she lived and worked in the Palestinian territories and South Sudan.