The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received a grant towards the cost of its National Community Driven Development Project which is being implemented by the Department of Rural Development. The objective of the project is to enable poor rural communities to benefit from improved access to and use of basic infrastructure and services through a people-centered approach and to enhance the government‟s capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency. This approach will empower villagers to manage and participate in their own development. The objective will be achieved through: (i) financing community-identified rural infrastructure investments; (ii) strengthening the capacity of communities in partnership with local authorities to effectively identify, plan and implement their development priorities; and (iii) facilitating the participation of the poor and vulnerable, both women and men, throughout the project cycle
at the community level.
The project is comprised of five components, implemented over a period of approximately nine years. Each component includes specific activities that seek a gender balance as well as to empower women Community block grants;