The Realities of Humanitarian Assistance for Myanmar


About the Webinar

The 1 February 2021 military coup in Myanmar added another layer of complexity to the challenges arising from the country’s nascent democratic transition. The military’s disproportionate use of violence had earlier catalysed the Rohingya refugee crisis in 2017. Following the coup, military violence has caused widespread human suffering across the country. The resistance that the coup has provoked has in turn led to still further violence. Humanitarian needs are multiplying country-wide, further exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. These developments have prompted responses from members of the international community, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Three expert speakers at this webinar will examine the realities of delivering humanitarian assistance to Myanmar in the current situation. They will analyse the implications of the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, evaluate responses from regional and international actors, and discuss what constitutes effective humanitarian assistance for communities across Myanmar.

About the Speakers

May Sabe Phyu is Director of the Gender Equality Network, Myanmar, which is a coalition of over 130 organisations. She started her career as a humanitarian and social worker, working with UNDP and MSF-Holland in a variety of roles. Since 2011, she has led civil society efforts to end gender, ethnic, and religious discrimination, facilitating dialogue between civil society, government stakeholders, and parliamentarians to influence policy change. She co-founded the Kachin Peace Network and the Kachin Women Peace Network in 2012 to raise awareness of the human cost of conflict and to advocate for peace and reconciliation.

Adelina Kamal is the immediate past Executive Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre), which she headed from 2017 to 2021. She previously held the roles of Director for Sustainable Development and Head, Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance with the ASEAN Secretariat. Ms Kamal worked on the development of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) and its Work Programme, and played a vital role in the establishment of the AHA Centre. She was also instrumental in operationalising the ASEAN-led mechanism in Myanmar following the 2008 Cyclone Nargis.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Nov 02 2021


10:00 am - 11:15 am