Following Cyclone Nargis, a large number of national and international NGOs established the Local Resource Centre (LRC) to assist local communities and civil society groups in the collective effort for relief and rehabilitation. The Burnet Institute led the establishment of LRC in collaboration with a broad partnership of organizations, including World Concern, the HIV/AIDS Alliance, the Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) and Oxfam. LRC was launched on May 15, 2008 to enable better coordination between local and international implementers, advocate on behalf of local groups, ensure access to capacity development services and ultimately strengthen the collaborative response to Cyclone Nargis between local and international organizations. Following the Nargis phase of operation (May 2008 – September 2010), LRC shifted its focus from disaster response to the holistic development of indigenous CSOs. LRC officially registered as a local NGO in May 2012.
An empowered and accountable civic society that actively embraces diversity, social inclusiveness and civic responsibility, and works together to bring about change to the lives of vulnerable and marginalized communities in Myanmar.
LRC aims to empower civil society organizations by acting as a catalyst:
StrengtheningCSO institutional capacity through skill development and targeted information dissemination
Creating opportunities for CSOs and Youth to develop a collective voice, collaborate together and with other stakeholders using a rights based approach
Influencing policy development and reform by establishing advocacy platforms that encourage broad based dialogue based on evidence based data/information.
Neutrality – LRC operates as a neutral and impartial actor. It strives not to take sides on issues, respect others opinionsand serve as an honest and even handed facilitator.
Inclusiveness - LRC encouragesparticipation by all actors, organizations and sector representatives to work within an inclusive and non-discriminatory culture which is needed for meaningful and dynamic dialogueand collaboration
Positive Reinforcement – LRC believes in giving due recognition to government authorities, civil society actors and private actors on their achievements.
To empower individual actors in Myanmar civil society by providing information that can be translated into knowledge and skills
To shape the organizational culture of CSOs as responsive, responsible and accountable
To facilitate the realization of CSO-related policies that are comprehensive, pro-poor and reflect the needs of the people