About CDES

About CDES

Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies (CDES) is an independent think tank and study centre founded in 2012 to generate ideas on democracy, human rights and federalism as an effective vehicle for “Peace and Reconciliation” in the Union of Burma/Myanmar.

The main objectives of Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies (CDES) are:

  • To promote Peace and Reconciliation;
  • To promote the ideas and practices of democracy, human rights and federalism;
  • To promote constitutional knowledge, the rule of law and good governance;
  • To expand and consolidate the network of organizations and leaders to promote autonomy and internal self-determination within a federal arrangement as a means of addressing and ending ethnic armed conflict in the Union of Burma/Myanmar.

Mission Statements:

  • To engage in research and publication on democratic principles, human rights and federalism to disseminate knowledge.
  • To organize policy studies, forums and conferences to advance public policy for peace and development.
  • To conduct activities for the development of the rule of law, human rights, democracy and effective and accountable governance.
  • To engage in programs to promote and develop democratic and political institutions.
  • To initiate programs and activities to assist the strengthening of good governance and evolving meaningful policies to make effective autonomy and internal self-determination in member states of the Union.
  • To develop new strategies and communication networks to strengthen communication between ethnic areas and the central Burma/Myanmar.

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