Capacity Building On

Research in Gender and development

More students supported by the IDRC project

Curriculum development


The curriculum development workshop was designed to introduce participants to gender concepts and relevant discussions. Two gender modules on social protection and social policy were also covered to showcase how gender perspectives could be integrated in to exiting courses in the program. Participants then analyzed case studies and did exercises to understand and translate the theoretical concepts from the introductory sessions to grassroots Myanmar context. In addition, needs assessment was done on research capacity building to help design future workshops and group research project plans.

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Graduate Course

On Gender And Development At Yangon University of Economics

        YUE has started a course on gender and development under its Master’s on Development Studies Program in 2018. The course targets working professionals on development, and provides basic concepts on gender analysis. The course content has been developed by SEGRI with the support of AIT.

Lecturers:  Khin Zar Naing (SEGRI); Sanda Thant (SEGRI); Moe Hnin Phyu (YUE) 
Guest lecturers:  Joyee Chatterjee (AIT), Kyoko Kusakabe (AIT)

Methods Training

Introduction to Qualitative Research and Methodologies (2 days)

The first workshop was designed to introduce qualitative research and related methodologies as they related to gender and development. The aim was not only to explain the ‘why’ of qualitative research but also to learn how to come up with a research problem, based on a review of the literature, that is more likely to generate a qualitative research design, and generate research questions that are clear and linked to the research problem. We also focused on how to identify gender as a research problem so that the research goes beyond a descriptive account of differences into more critical analysis of gender roles and relations. The workshop included exercises on developing research questions, writing a literature review, generating a clear conceptual framework, and having the basic elements of a research proposal.

Developing a Qualitative Research Proposal (2 Days)

The second workshop expanded on the principles of conducting qualitative research, including the matching research questions with appropriate types of qualitative research method. The focus of the workshop was for the participants to develop research questions and preliminary design for the research projects to be undertaken by them. Participants formed small research groups based on identifying common gender topics in policy related research of interest to them. As part of the learning exercises the formulated preliminary research objective and design for their proposed study and presented to the group at large and the facilitators for feedback.

Qualitative research data analysis (2 Days)

    After the research groups collected data, the third workshop was organized to share what each group has done and discussed how to analyze qualitative data. Unlike quantitative data, qualitative data needs to be decomposed in order to analyze the meaning behind the narratives. The research groups practiced data analysis by coding, and learned how to write up the analysis.

Small-Group Research Mentoring

Research Projects

An analysis on the influencing factors of poverty reduction in accessing finance by gender

Pwint Phyu Aung, Yi Yin Win, Khin Thandar Hlaing, Nay Nay Aung

A qualitative study of parental perception of importance of girls’ education in Monywa, Myanmar

Dr. Khin Thida Nyein, Dr. Thida Htay, Daw May Zin Oo, Daw Khin Mar Cho

Barriers to women’s participation in the labor market

Daw Thin Thin Daw Yi Yi Win Daw Ei Cherry Lin Daw Moe Hnin Phyu

Contribution of home-based enterprises (cottage industries) to women's empowerment in Yangon

Cho Cho Thein, Khin Thu Thu Thein, Htoo May, Hnin Yu Swe, Phyu Phyu Kyaw Myint

Gender differences in civic engagement among youth of Yangon University of Economics

Ko Aung Ko Ko Ko Myo Win Tin Ei Ei Phyo Zin Zin Moe Nyi Benjamin Thulaw Phaw

Graduate Education

As part of GDS-AIT’s engagement in increasing the capacity of students and lecturers at YUE, AIT has offered opportunities for them to complete either certificate degrees or full master’s degrees. Read more…

Joint Supervision Students

Mr. Aung Ko Ko
Health equity from gender perspective in the internal migrant population
Ms. Cho Cho Win
Factors influencing on modern contraceptive use among HIV positive
women in Yangon region
Mr. Myo Win Tin
Socioeconomic impact of health financing strategy for pregnant women in Chin state

Resource Persons

Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe

Gender and Development Studies, AIT

Dr. Joyee S. Chatterjee

Gender and Development Studies, AIT

Dr. Philippe Doneys

Gender and Development Studies, AIT

Prof Cho Cho Thein

Head of the Department of Economics, YUE

MS. Sanda Thant

Coordinatior, SEGRI

MS. Khin Zar Naing

Coordinator, SEGRI

Students Voice

Ms. Than Win Htay

“I Am Than Win Htay, A Lecturer At YUE. I Completed Certificate Course Of Gender And Development Studies, Under The Joint Project Between Asian Institute Of Technology And Yangon University Of Economics. I Would Like To Thank IDRC For Their Support For Me To Study The Certificate Course. By Attending This Program, I Have Gained Wider Knowledge. I Can Share This Knowledge To Students And Colleagues At YUE. I Also Gained Different Experiences. Doing Research Is One Of The Most Important Things That We Faculty Members Need To Do. Another Thing That I Gained From This Program Is On How To Do Research And Projects. Therefore, As A Teaching Staff, This Program Is Valuable For Me And It Absolutely Can Support My Current And Future Career. I Had The Opportunity To Study New Subjects, So I Have Gained New Knowledge And Experience.”

Ms. Pyae Phyo May

“AIT Is A Great Place For Students. I Found That The Instructor Was Overall Excellent. The Teaching Of The Material Was Really Good. Before I Took This Class I Had No Knowledge Of Gender And To Be Honest, I Understood Gender As Something That Concerns Women Only. After Attending This Class I Feel Clarify That Gender Studies Involve The Study Of Both Men And Women. Gender Is About A Particular Performance Of Identity, And Gendered Roles And Norms Are Intimately Intertwined Into And Practiced In Our Everyday Lives. This Class Was Incredibly Useful For My Continued Progress In My Academic Field. I Am Truly Great For The IDRC Scholarship Support. Thank You For Giving Me This Opportunity.”