“In the service of democracy, peace and development”.
This is the motto that describes the work and mission of the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF). This maxim applies not only to its commitment in Germany- especially in Bavaria- but also abroad. Since it was established 50 years ago, the Hanns Seidel Foundation has been carrying out political educational work with the aim of promoting democratic and civic education. The political education work of the HSF is based on an image of man that includes both the unrestricted development of personality and autonomy as well as social responsibility and solidarity. The representative office in Yangon implements projects to support a responsible and sustainable development of the tourism sector since it’s opening in 2012.
The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) was established in 2013 to provide an effective and legitimate platform for the creation of knowledge, capacity and dialogue concerning responsible business in Myanmar, based on local needs and international standards, which results in more responsible business practices. It is a neutral platform working with business, civil society and government.
For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been working to positively change the lives of Myanmar’s children. Through its strong working relationship with the Government of Myanmar over the decades and significant engagement with other stakeholders, UNICEF is positioning itself to continue and strengthen its efforts to improve children’s lives. UNICEF’s mandate is anchored in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and its work is concerned with the fulfilment of the rights of every child, everywhere, and at all times- regardless of ethnicity, race, citizenship status of their parents, socio-economic status or ability.
ECPAT International is a global network, in 2016 having 90 groups in 82 countries. It is an expanding network of local civil society organisations and coalitions with one common goal – to end the sexual exploitation of children around the world. ECPAT conducts cutting-edge research to build the collective understanding of what it will take to end the sexual exploitation of children. Together with members and partners, they coordinate evidence-based advocacy at all levels to strengthen national justice and protection systems and increase investment in the fight against sexual exploitation of children. At the heart of all work are the voices of children, reflected across the research agenda, programmes and campaigns.
NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences (Dutch: NHTV internationaal hoger onderwijs Breda) is a vocational university in Breda, the Netherlands. There are more than 7,000 students from over 70 countries studying in the university in different types of programmes offered both in English and Dutch. NHTV Breda University offers 18 full-time bachelor’s degree programmes. Two master programmes and one part-time bachelor’s degree programme.
Swisscontact is the first Gold Sponsor in 2017. Their generous financial support will be used for training in responsible tourism topics and publication production.
Swisscontact is currently implementing the Vocational Skills Development Program (VSDP), which is fully funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The Program’s overall goal is gainful and market demand-driven employment or self-employment and better income for disadvantaged women and men in targeted areas of Myanmar. The First Main Phase lasts until January 2018 and has three components: The Hotel Training Initiative (HTI Component) facilitates the increase of skilled men and women in the hospitality industry. The Local Vocational Training Component improves competencies of disadvantaged women and men in the South-East of Myanmar according to labour market demand. And the ‘Support to the National Skills Standards Authority’ (NSSA Component) complements these efforts by providing technical assistance to the development of a credible system of skills testing and certification. Two further Main Phases are foreseen.