Myanmar’s youth have long contributed to political change and continue to be drivers of social cohesion and peacebuilding in their communities. With Myanmar transitioning towards a democratic and civilian-led government in 2011, young people are facing new multifaceted changes and challenges in the evolving socio-political context. The opening of the economy, increased access to information and media, and greater transportation infrastructure are creating new opportunities for young people’s development – but also pose additional challenges for social harmony and building peace.
An ongoing but fragile national peace process between the government, political parties, military (Tatmadaw), and Myanmar’s multiple ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) is shadowed by emerging intercommunal sub-national conflicts. The youth-led research commissioned by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) will build upon and contribute to an emerging field of research and programming related to youth and peace in the country, in particular highlighting youth voices from contested areas of conflict and violence in Myanmar.