U.S. Embassy hosts a Small Grants Award Ceremony to honor 16 Civil Society Organizations
The Amigos Band Plays Concert in Mandalay
Under Secretary Stengel Discusses Free Press with Journalists
U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Discusses Economic Engagement with Civil Society Leaders
Assistant Secretary Daniel Russel Discusses Education, Diversity, and Environmental Issues with Burmese Youth
On July 15, over 60 judges from union, regional and district levels along with officials from related government ministries gathered in Nay Pyi Taw to learn from U.S. legal experts about international practices used by courts to protect Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski led an interagency delegation to Burma comprising senior officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Treasury, and the National Security Council staff June 22-28. At the end of the visit Assistant Secretary Malinowski met with international and local reporters. Attached is the transcript of his press conference with the reporters.
In his remarks delivered to over 400 distinguished guests, ministers and fellow ambassadors in celebrating the 238th anniversary of U.S. Independence Day on July 3, Ambassador Derek Mitchell underscored the way the people of the United States have kept their unity amidst their great diversity has been a common commitment to the principles represented in the Declaration of Independence. Principles of equality, natural rights, and democracy. Please see attached for his complete remarks.
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski led an interagency delegation to Burma comprising senior officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Treasury, and the National Security Council staff June 22-28. For more information, please see the attached press release.
Deputy Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command Lieutenant General Anthony Crutchfield's Remarks at the National Defense College
In remarks delivered to over 100 military officers, instructors and staff at the National Defense College June 26 in Nay Pyi Taw, Lieutenant General Anthony Crutchfield, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, underscored the importance of human rights and respect for rule of law in a professional military, citing the United States armed forces’ own experience in addressing these issues. He emphasized that training and education, a diverse force, transparency, accountability, and civilian control are all vital for an effective, professional military in a democracy. Lieutenant General Crutchfield’s speech was the first time a senior U.S. military official has addressed the National Defense College. Please see attached for the complete remarks. [Burmese Translation] »
Exchange Programs and Grant Opportunities
Do you have an idea for a public service project that would support economic development, environmental protection, education, or civic engagement?
Do you need funding to make this idea a reality?
Are you interested in developing a project idea but need help in getting started and/or finding partners?
Now is your chance to get ready for a great funding opportunity!
As a member of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), you are eligible to participate in the YSEALI Seeds for the Future program.
The grants application process will open in July. Look for the announcement for the YSEALI Seeds for the future web page that will allow proposals to be submitted online.
Seeds for the Future will offer grants up to $10,000 for each YSEALI theme: Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Education and Civic Engagement in ASEAN. Winners will be announced in September.
Here’s what you need to know to get ready:
- Find team members in other ASEAN countries. Let’s work together to solve regional challenges. Your team should have at least four members, and the team should have citizens from two or more ASEAN countries. We will alert you about ways to find team mates.
- Do good work across ASEAN. Plan for your public service project to take place in at least two ASEAN member countries.
- Partner with U.S. government alumni. Find two alumni partners, if you have not previously participated in a U.S. government (USG) sponsored exchange program. Why? Because they are a great resource! Alumni have received training, have experience writing proposals or have implemented projects. If you have gone on a USG exchange program, you will receive a separate email with details on the proposal submission process.
Develop your proposal. Start developing your idea into a winning proposal. Once the grants application opens online in July, you will have two weeks to upload your proposal. During that time you can continue to look for other team members, but you should have a proposal ready to submit by August 1, when the application process closes. Look at the application format to get an idea of how to shape your proposal. We will offer webchats with knowledge experts to help you develop your ideas.
Questions? Read the Frequently Asked Questions or post your questions on YSEALI Facebook or YSEALI Twitter.
We look forward to hearing from you and we look forward to receiving your proposals!
This announcement is to inform interested civil society organizations about funding opportunities of grants up to $20,000. The U.S. Embassy seeks proposals from qualified organizations for sustainable projects that identify and respond to the needs of their communities, including enhancing opportunities for:
1) Advance democracy and civic engagement,
2) Promote rule of law and human rights,
3) Strengthen civil society capacity for advocacy and networking, and
4) Promote conflict resolution and peace building.
This initiative will channel through the US Embassy Small Grants Program.
Please follow the link to download:
Application and budget narrative formats to Small Grants Program
- If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent after-hours assistance, the After-Hours Duty Officer Telephone number is (95)-(9)-512-4330. The 24 Hour Embassy Telephone number is (95)-(1)-500-547. If calling the 24 Hour Embassy Telephone, explain that you want to speak to the Duty Officer or a Consular Officer. These numbers are not to be used for visa inquiries.