Dr. Philippe Doneys
Professor Kyoko Kusakabe
Dr. Joyee Chatterjee

1 June 2018-31 August 2021

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

The aim of the project is to assess the extent and forms of women’s participation in the political sphere in Myanmar, and explore barriers and enabling factors. We define participation beyond just actions that influence or support governments to taking part in collective decision-making in a broad sense. Previous research has demonstrated low levels of women’s representation in national, subnational, and  community governance, and explored the social and cultural norms that bar women from taking leadership roles.1 This research will extend these insights to analyze the pathways to participation across multiple levels of governance: (1) National parliament, political parties, and social movements; (2) State/Division parliaments, government offices; and (3) District, township, and village groups. Using the concept of pathways will allow us to utilize and study women’s personal path to political power, to understand what can undermine at any point upward mobility in the political system and what can facilitate or provide entry points or further engagement at different moments in a woman’s life. The project will use a mixed method approach to understand participation processes at play while measuring their occurrence and determining factors to barriers and opportunities. A small parallel study will be conducted in Cambodia as a comparative case that will help clarify the  extent to which the characteristics of women’s political participation at different levels of governance in Myanmar are unique or potentially generalizable within the scope of developing countries in transition.


Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon
31 Jan 2016 – 28 Feb 2017
SIIT/Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA)

Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe
1 Jan 2016 – 31 Dec 2018
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Dr. Joyee S. Chatterjee
1 Mar – 30 Aug 2016
BBC Media Action (India)

Dr. Mokbul Morshed Ahmad
1 Mar 16 – 28 Feb 18
Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC)

Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe
8 Mar 16 – 8 Mar 17
Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC)

Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon
25 Oct 16 – 28 Jan 17
Designated Area for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA)

Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Prof. Rajendra Shrestha
27 Nov 16 – 4 Dec 16
self generation

Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe
15 Oct 16 – 15 Feb 17
‘Food Marketing research and Information Center (FMRIC)