It was with great sadness that I learned of my friend U Win Tin’s passing this morning. As newspaper editor, author, poet, and for nearly two decades, political prisoner, U Win Tin was a man of rare integrity and courage, a man who dedicated his life to democratic principles, particularly the principle of press freedom, even under enormous hardship.
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel Discusses Bilateral Relationship and Concerns about Violence in Rakhine State
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel visited Myanmar April 9 – 10 to meet with senior Union Government officials in Naypyitaw and Yangon, including President Thein Sein, Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, Information Minister Aung Kyi, and Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maung Maung Ohn, as well as representatives of civil society and diplomats, to discuss the U.S.-Myanmar bilateral relationship, recent development in the country, particularly the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Rakhine state, and regional issues in connection with Myanmar’s chairmanship of ASEAN.
Patricia Loui, Member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), discussed enhanced economic engagement in meetings with Union Government officials, U.S. business representatives, and local business leaders during a March 25-28 visit to Yangon and Naypyitaw. For more information, please see the attached press release.
The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned by mob violence in Sittwe over the past day targeting international NGOs that has resulted in the destruction of property and the emergency relocation of international aid workers, including at least three Americans, to safe havens. Burmese version (PDF 647KB) »
The U.S. State Department's Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman reinforced the U.S. rebalance to the Asian Pacific region, and in particular Southeast Asia, during her March 6-7 visit to Yangon and Naypyitaw. She discussed bilateral cooperation in support of further democratic and economic reforms in meetings with ethnic and civil society group leaders, political party representatives, development organizations, members of the business community, and senior government officials. Please see the attached press release for more information. (PDF 308 KB) »
Exchange Programs and Grant Opportunities
The U.S. Embassy Rangoon is pleased to announce the opportunity to compete for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Scholarship Program for the academic year 2015-2016.
WHAT: The Fulbright FLTA Program is a nine-month, fully funded, non-degree program that provides young teachers of English an opportunity to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the society and culture of the United States, while being teaching assistants for their native language (Burmese) to U.S. students. Participants will take U.S. universities classes, and at the same time serve as teaching assistants for their native language (Burmese).
WHO: Selection will be based on the applicants’ leadership skills, ability to motivate students to learn, and interest in teaching their native language (Burmese) and culture to U.S. students.
The application and detailed instructions are available at: http://burma.usembassy.gov/fulbright-teaching.html or the Cultural Affairs Unit, Public Affairs Section, American Embassy, 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, Yangon, Ph: 01-536509/ 505113 Ext: 4369, email: RangoonUSECA@state.gov.
Participants will be recruited through a merit-based, open competition and chosen based upon their leadership potential, academic excellence, maturity, ability to adjust successfully to life in the U.S., and potential to promote mutual understanding between the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright Foreign Student scholarships provide tuition and related academic fees, a monthly stipend for room, board and incidental expenses, supplemental health and accident benefits, a book and equipment allowance, travel allowance, and the opportunity to attend Fulbright enrichment activities.
The application and detailed instructions are available at: http://burma.usembassy.gov/fulbright-foreign.html and http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/fulbrightpage.html or the Cultural Affairs Unit, Public Affairs Section, American Embassy, 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, Yangon, Ph: 01-536509/ 505113 Ext: 4369, email: RangoonUSECA@state.gov.
The deadline for applications is June 20, 2014.
WHAT: a one-year funded program that sends accomplished professionals to the United States for graduate-level academic coursework and related professional experiences. Fellows are selected based on their potential for national leadership and commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. The Humphrey Program is NOT a degree program and grants are NOT renewable.
WHO: experienced professionals, scholars, faculty, and others with at least five years professional experience.
The application and detailed instructions are available at: http://burma.usembassy.gov/humphrey.html or the Cultural Affairs Unit, Public Affairs Section, American Embassy, 110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, Yangon, Ph: 01-536509/ 505113 Ext: 4369, email: RangoonUSECA@state.gov.
The deadline for applications is June 20, 2014.
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs seeks proposals for drug prevention programming and awareness activities to build stronger and more resilient communities that are aware of and can counter the dangers of drug use. INL seeks proposals that will:
• Support evidence-based grassroots drug prevention and awareness activities involving civil society, government officials, religious and community leaders, and women. activities should be tailored by age group and focused on the risks and problems related to substance use.
• Assist communities and community advocates to understand the economic and social forces that influence drug use in their communities. Programs should also utilize evidence-based programming to identify and strengthen prevention activities and to minimize risk-factors for youth and community members.
• Facilitate the collaboration of both government officials and local community leaders to design creative anti-drug campaigns that accurately identify and address the problems and needs of local communities.
• Include marginalized groups within Burma – especially in the country’s border states – that are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of drug abuse through targeted and creative messaging.
• Create or foster a forum through which community members can access and communicate with community leaders (government officials, law enforcement, civil society groups, medical personnel, etc.) to discuss and resolve issues related to drug use.
• Incorporate an initial research component (e.g. via focus groups or other mechanism) to design appropriate interventions with clear monitoring and evaluation components that identify expected program outputs and outcomes.
Please see the complete announcement on grants.gov.
Complete proposals must be received by 11:59 pm EST on May 9, 2014 via grants.gov.
For questions regarding the RFA, please contact Krystin B. Vermillion at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (202) 776-8537.
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.
June 2014 - Americans’ support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is bringing new policies. How are people fighting for LGBT equality? What does it take for “coming out” to be an easy experience? Plus, one teacher makes a difference in a fifth-grade classroom in Chile. Asian-American designers break into the fashion industry. And more. Available in: HTML | PDF (14.4 MB)