One year on from the coup in Myanmar: How are peacebuilders working to establish long-lasting peace? 

On 1st February 2021, the international spotlight shone on Myanmar as the military overthrew the elected government and took control of the nation. A year later, global media attention may have moved on, but the need for peacebuilding is as great as ever.  

A multi-dimensional crisis is now affecting the whole of Myanmar, as its people continue to grapple with the combined effects of the coup d’état, the Covid-19 pandemic, and various internal conflicts. This triple crisis not only poses a grave safety risk to civilians, but is also limiting access to basic public services and deepening food insecurity. The Global Humanitarian Overview (UNOCHA) estimates that in 2022 at least 14.4 million people across the country will lack food security, access to education, adequate shelter, access to healthcare, adequate protection, and/or safe drinking water.  

As we mark the anniversary of the military coup, we are reminded that we can only establish a peaceful and secure democratic society by addressing the root causes of conflict, with people from across divides. That is why International Alert continues to work directly with people across Myanmar to reduce violence – for example through addressing how social expectations of men are being used and manipulated to encourage them to take violent action. 

Watch this short animation from International Alert Myanmar to find out more about the importance of taking a gendered approach to peacebuilding in Myanmar: 

In 2022, our Myanmar team will also further develop our community-led conflict monitoring systems that are so essential to enabling early warning of violence in various parts of the country. In conflict-affected areas, we will step up our work with young people to build a cohesive society. Working with and through local partners, these projects – designed to maximise impact at the so-called ‘triple nexus’ between humanitarian, development and peacebuilding interventions – can help focus attention on the local issues which are driving conflict across society.  

You can find out more about our work in Myanmar, and see our most recent publications related to our work in the country, here: