Myanmar and the Sustainable Development Goals

“Informed by the Past, Looking to the Future”

10- 12 July 2015, Yangon University


The Australia Myanmar Institute seeks to create and strengthen sustainable, multi-sectoral, collaborative applied research and capacity building partnerships between Australia and Myanmar.  AMI collaboration brings together academics, government officials, civil society, development workers and business people to strengthen the capacity of research, public policy and programme implementation in Myanmar.

We are convening a three-day major international conference at Yangon University with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they relate to Myanmar.  Informed by the past, the conference will consider the Millennium Development Goals and the diversity of development in Myanmar which has led to this point of transition and possibility.  Looking to the future, the conference will include consideration of future directions required for effective, equitable and sustainable development outcomes.

We invite proposals for papers, panels  or projects relevant to the theme of Myanmar and the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on six priority thematic areas;

  • Governance and law- e.g. constitutional law reform; law and order policies; national, state/division and local governance; peace process; ethnic and religious relations; etc.
  • Education – e.g. minority language education; monastic education; education sector review; education policies; community education and empowerment; etc.
  • Health – e.g. preventative and rural health programs: communicable and non-communicable disease prevention or research; emergency medicine; national health funding; etc.
  • Business & economics – e.g. economic development; CSR & FDI; trade infrastructure; resource development and distribution; rural finance; land security and rights; etc.
  • Equity (gender and minorities) – e.g. Yangon urban heritage; Pyu cities; world heritage listing; natural environmental heritage; etc.

For a fully-detailed and up-to-date document on the Sustainable Development Goals, please see:

The conference will include plenary sessions with keynote speakers, panels with project- or policy- relevant academic quality presentations, and priority area working group project workshops to facilitate collaboration around specific applied research and/or capacity building projects, as proposed ahead of the conference.  Workshops will lead to establishment of working groups to pursue applied research and capacity building projects after the conference.

Proposals for a panel of 3-5 papers should include: a title, priority theme and an abstract describing the panel in not more than 250 words, together with a minimum of three paper proposal abstracts.

Closing date:   30 April 2015


Proposals for 15-minute papers should include: a title, priority theme and an abstract of not more than 250 words. The conference will provide multiple opportunities for selected papers to be published, in English and Burmese, including as book chapters and online.

Closing date:   30 April 2015


Proposals for projects which groups of researchers or practitioners could collaborate around should include: a title, priority theme, and an abstract describing a well-developed project idea in not more than 250 words, including currently committed and potential collaboration partners, potential or committed funding, etc.
Closing date:   30 April 2015

We encourage papers, panels, projects of proposals in either English or Burmese. We anticipate being able to provide mentoring and support for the writing, presentation and publication of papers by Burmese researchers to an international standard. We invite Burmese postgraduate students, academics and other researchers, who are Myanmar nationals and would like such assistance, to contact us for more information. We also welcome contact from potential sponsors of such support.

All abstracts should be sent to by 30 April 2015.

Late submissions will only be considered at the discretion of the organising committee.