Montrose was contracted to conduct a Social Investment Feasibility Study which assessed the current socio-economic environment in Myanmar.
The client required a feasibility study to be undertaken to assess the socio-economic environment in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
The purpose of the study was to validate the client’s social investment (SI) concepts and inform the design of a conflict-sensitive and inclusive, as well as socially and economically relevant social investment programme.
A Montrose team of international and national experts conducted extensive desk research and field work in Myanmar.
Montrose sought to achieve the client’s objectives as follows:
Identify and prioritise the extent of possible local development needs.
Identify and scope out potential SI interventions.
Outline key risks and sensitivities for conducting SI in the client’s area of interest.
Identify the main elements (risk mitigation measures) of an overarching, inclusive, non-discriminatory, “do-no-harm” social investment strategy.
Provide SI-relevant socio-economic baseline information, building upon existing socio-economic baseline understanding.
Test the client’s preliminary approach to social investment in Rakhine State.
The study provided recommendations on types of social investments and led to the implementation of the client’s social investment programme.