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Support to the Social and Economic Development of Rakhine State through the Safeguard, Management and Valorisation of the Mrauk-U site.




Aid type

Project type interventions




€ 1,000,000
€ 580,000


Rakhine State has been mainly targeted by Donors with emergency response or humanitarian funds, due to the conflicts in the area and to natural disasters often occurring. Since its establishment in April 2016, the new Government has tried to address the main causes of the social tensions and instability in the area: poverty and under-development. The importance of sustainable socio-economic development of Rakhine State as a mean for stability has also been raised by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine (KAC), appointed by the Government to investigate on the causes underlying the under-development of Rakhine State. KAC has issued a preliminary report in March 2017 (immediately endorsed by the Government), while the Final Report followed on 24 August 2017. One of the recommendations issued by KAC involves the valorization of Mrauk-U site in the perspective of social inclusion and economic development. In line with this, the Project intends to contribute to the local economy development by a capacity development of the Entities and the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) of the area strengthening the management and the sustainable use of the Mrauk-U site. To do so, the Project will: a) sustain local authorities of the Department of Archaeology (DOA) of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture in managing and protecting the monuments and temples of Mrauk-U, through capacity building and capacity development actions. Specific activities will include cultural and environmental mapping, documentation, conservation and/or restoration of monuments and mapping of the ancient hydrological channels network as a significant part of Mrauk-U cultural landscape; b) promote actions to leverage the community economic and social development through a participatory approach. Specific activities are envisaged for the public opinion and the youth for understanding the need to preserve this site’s fragile environment and to sensitize the community towards its promotion; c) support local entrepreneurs in developing their skills and enhancing their businesses valorizing the local intangible heritage (traditional arts and crafts) and/or promoting tourism related activities. Training and business support should increase employment and income thus fostering economic development. These actions, will be carried out engaging the Civil Society Organizations and training their staff, assuring that the protection of cultural intangible assets goes together with sustainable development. Specific initiatives for children and the overall community will strengthen the community awareness and understanding of the local heritage values. read more close


Type Name
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development

Channel reported

Type Name
Government AICS - Sede di Yangon
Year Committed Used
2018 € 0 € 580,000
2017 € 1,000,000 € 0

Project data

  • IATI IDXM-DAC-6-4-011292-02-4
  • Expected start date 2018/01/08
  • Completion date 2017/12/27
  • Sector Site preservation
  • Finance type Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
  • Flow type ODA
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality significant objective
  • Aid to Environment principal objective
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance principal objective
  • Trade Development not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted