Myanmar is in democratic transition. The process has begun with the 2015 elections. It is an on-going process that needs to expand political freedoms, democratic institutions and practices so that it would build confidence among the people. Inclusive development, upholding human rights, freedom of expression, reforming rule of law, transparency and accountability are all critical ingredients of democratic transition. How would that be achieved and what is the role of different stakeholders viz., the government, military, political parties, ethnic groups (those inside and outside of the peace process), the media, CSOs and donors is critical in any discussion on democratic transition.
As the State Counselor pointed out, change of mind-set is critical for securing democratic transition. It is here the need for demonstrating inclusive leadership, dignity, commitment and courage of conviction for the country and its institutions to achieve peace and stability. It is also important to learn from experiences of other countries and identify lessons for Myanmar.
Bayda Institute will take up research and advocacy on topics related to democratic transition. Topics of engagements include strengthening of of democratic institutions, capacity building of legislative bodies and political parties, legal and legislative reforms required for upholding rule of law, media freedom. Insightful research, analysis would be carried out to prepare study reports and Bayda Institute will undertake advocacy through policy dialogues on these issues.