Elections of 2015 firmly established Myanmar’s credentials as a member of the global community and that’s where one looks for the roots of democratic transition. Initiatives of the NLD led government and parliament during the past two years on peace and political dialogue included revamping of the institutions working on peace and engaging with all stakeholders of NCA to join in the process of peace negotiations and political dialogue. Government has come to power with a firm commitment economic development of people and specifically to secure lasting peace, national reconciliation and democratic transition. All the three are inter-related and have to be addressed through a systematic approach, which the government has initiated through series of peace conferences (21st century Panglong conferences) and opening up public debates and discussions on democratic transition and federalism within the Myanmar society.
Securing a positive peace dividend is critical and the country cannot afford to continue with the ethnic strife. The role of the stakeholders is to bring peace processes to the masses there by shifting the discourse of peace and building public opinion for peace. Role of women and faith leaders, media and other organs of the State including parliament is significant to address these aspects.
Bayda Institute through its programme on peace aims to understand situation at the field level and develop a draft framework for peace and national reconciliation which can form the basis for developing a longer-term program intervention. Bayda Institute aims to advocate and influence the on-going processes of peace and national reconciliation.
Towards this end, Bayda Institute will engage in research and training, policy development process, advocacy activities, campaigns and citizen awareness to build momentum for the processes of peace and national reconciliation.