Capacity Building On

Research in Gender and development

Summer 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.

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


National Consultant for UNAIDS Myanmar
current workplace

My name is Farozar. I live in Yangon, Myanmar. Since 2017, I am working as a National Consultant for UNAIDS Myanmar. My role is a Community System Strengthening for HIV Community in Myanmar. Mostly, I work for vulnerable populations including women living with HIV, sex workers, transgender women, men who have sex with men (MSM), drug users, and youths living with HIV, to empower them in the community and create an enabling environment. I provide them training on sexuality and reproductive health rights, HIV and gender. I support them to organize advocacy campaign to stakeholders and parliamentarians in order to reduce stigma and discrimination, access legal protection for people living with HIV, and decriminalization of sex worker law.

Two Master's degrees
Mahidon University, Thailand and Yangon Institute of Economics, Myanmar

I graduated from Master of Arts in Population and Reproductive Health Research at Mahidol University in Thailand in 2017. I also hold a degree of Master of Public Administration from the Yangon Institute of Economics in Myanmar and a bachelor’s degree was in Science in Mathematics from the Yangon University of Distance Education in Myanmar.

IDRC Scholar
Forced Migration and Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, Summer Course 2020

I am keen to upgrade myself with new knowledge that can help my career development. I also believe vulnerable communities can be empowered through gaining new knowledge. Thus, I wanted to learn the concept of the gender dimensions of human trafficking, understand policy and laws to protect vulnerable people from online courses at AIT. I liked this online course and it fulfilled my expectation.  I express my thanks to Dr. Philippe for all his great lecture explaining with country examples and cases, which made it easy to understand and remember. Although it was an online course, the lecture-type is interactive which makes it very engaging in the class. Finally, I would like to thank the IDRC scholarship committee for giving me an opportunity to study this course and also thanks to AIT for arranging the online course.

Summer Course 2020

San Nay Thway
National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) Yangon
current workplace

I am San Nay Thway, a diplomat from Myanmar, currently working for National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) Yangon since its establishment. I have been working with strong enthusiasm in the peace process of Myanmar, providing technical support in the thematic meetings and the Union Peace Conferences – 21st century Panglong.

IDRC Scholar
Summer Course 2020

I received my bachelor degree in 2011 and finished my Master degree in 2014 with English as a specialization at Dagon University. I also finished his graduate diploma in Business Management from Association of Business Executives (ABE, UK). My exposure to the issue of Gender, War and Peace in my graduate research diploma in peace leadership (2019-2020) from Peace Leadership and Research Institute (PLRI) led to my decision to learn more about gender issue. So I applied for “Gender Issues in Global Economy” as certificate student at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) supported by scholarship from IDRC.

I regard gender issue as the most important subject in every aspect of a country’s development.  Gender equality is linked with other aspects such as peace, politics, economics, social and so on. That is why I took this course in such a prestigious university, AIT.

Gender Issues in Global Economy
Asian Institute of Technology

Studying gender issues in global economy at AIT is an opportunity for me to learn more about gender in economic perspective. In addition, I can extend my network with my batch mates, students from Asia especially China, Nepal, Thailand and so on. It is a great course with lively discussion between the professor and students regardless of offering the course via online. Last but not the least, the course enables me to realize how to assess key gender issues in global economy.

Summer Course 2020

Saint Zarni Linn
Pharmaceutical Distribution Company
Product Management Executive

I am Saint Zarni Linn from Myanmar. I got a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Pharmacy, Mandalay, Myanmar in 2015, and am currently working as a Product Management Executive in a pharmaceutical distribution company.

Gender Issue in Global Economy
Summer Course 2020

After coming to know that AIT is offering the scholarship for the course of Gender Issue in Global Economy, I wanted to learn more about gender-based constraints and how to solve gender inequality according to our country’s situations. I also wanted to get exposure to international society who are learning to move towards gender equality together.

As a member of my generation, it is my responsibility to become active in changing the environment for the better. The global economy is rapidly changing in the past decades due to different factors. I think it is not possible to achieve an inclusive, and environmentally and socially sustainable growth, unless the gender perspective is integrated into the core economic policy of nations. Today, even developed countries have a significant gender pay gap and sex-segregated labor market. I believe that the women themselves need to educate themselves and to step into more policy-making positions so that complicated gender issues can be solved.

IDRC Scholar
Asian Institute of Technology

This course has effectively taught me the basic concepts of different gender issues and showed me how to advance women’s future in my context. It equipped me to better contribute to the grassroots level by building a more robust and inclusive economy now and in the future. I’m also very proud of being a scholar in such a prestigious institute and getting a chance to be an IDRC scholar.

Summer Course 2020