- Current Challenges
TBC works with a wide range of community partners, including:
Committee for Internally Displaced Karen People (CIDKP)
The CIDKP was formed in 1998 to raise awareness about the plight of internally displaced Karen/Kayin people and to deliver humanitarian assistance in response to their needs. CIDKP has field staff in all townships of Karen/Kayin State, as well as parts of Tanintharyi Region, northern Mon State and eastern Bago Region. CIDKP’s main program is the delivery of cash transfers and food aid as emergency relief assistance to communities who have experienced shocks to their livelihoods.
Other programs include relief assistance in coordination with Norwegian People’s Aid via the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative, landmine action in collaboration with Dan Church Aid, and a prosthesis workshop.
KESAN is a grassroots, non-profit organisation working alongside local communities in Karen State to ensure sustainable livelihoods by preserving indigenous knowledge, building capacity and promoting practice and policy change. KESAN works with local communities, community leaders and local authorities, as well as regional and international decision-makers to ensure that environmental policies and practices adopted and implemented are environmentally friendly, culturally beneficial, economically viable and socially equitable for both men and women.
TBC has supported KESAN to stimulate community forest management committees, community-based peace support networks, land surveys and micro-hydro power projects. KESAN is a prominent member of the Burma Rivers Network and the Burma Environment Working Group and has a range of donors.
Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
The KHRG is a grassroots, independent Karen-led human rights organisation, established in Karen State in 1992 and now operating across three states in south eastern Burma/Myanmar. KHRG is committed to improving the human rights situation by projecting the voices of villagers, and supporting their strategies to claim human rights. KHRG trains and equips local people to document villager’s stories and gather evidence of human rights abuses; disseminate this information worldwide; and work directly with local villagers in enhancing their strategies to resist human rights abuses.
TBC has supported KHRG to facilitate human rights education through a Village Agency project, to supplement human rights documentation with mapping data and to establish an office in Yangon to expand national and international advocacy efforts.
KORD was formed in 1993 as a community-led organisation to deliver emergency relief assistance and facilitate participation in planning processes amongst internally displaced Karen/Kayin communities. KORD’s main program is the delivery of cash transfers to vulnerable communities in Karen State, northern Mon State and Bago Region. KORD is TBC’s main partner responsible for monitoring food relief and the general situation in Ei Tu Hta IDP camp. It has also been a regular contributor to TBC’s annual survey of conditions in South East Burma/Myanmar. KORD has a community development program jointly funded with the Burma Relief Center in which village development committees are supported to identify local needs and coordinate local responses to promote self-reliance. KORD is a founding member of the Ethnic Community Development Forum (ECDF), a network of social and community development organisations from Burma’s ethnic nationalities.
The KWO was formed in 1949 and has a membership of over 49,000 women. It is a community-based organisation of Karen women working in development and relief in the refugee camps on the Thai border, and with IDPs and women inside Burma. KWO has expanded the focus from one of purely social welfare to try and encourage an awareness of women’s rights and to promote women’s participation in community decision-making and political processes.
In Burma/Myanmar, TBC has supported KWO to facilitate maternal and child health education and distribute baby kits for new mothers in Karen State, northern Mon state, and Tanintharyi and East Bago regions.
Karenni Evergreen (KEG)
KEG was formed in 1996 and is currently the only Karenni organisation focusing on environmental issues. KEG’s main project areas are community forest management and protection, hydroelectric dam research, medicinal plants research and environmental awareness and education. TBC supports KEG’s community forest management and promotion activities.
KNWO is a non-profit grassroots organization founded in 1993 by Karenni women who had fled to seek asylum in Thailand. It currently has over 600 members in the refugee camps and inside Karenni/Kayah state. KNWO strives to empower women through skills development and capacity building, to secure and uphold the rights and protection of women and children, and work in cooperation and collaboration with other women’s organisations and political organisations. TBC has supported KNWO to raise awareness about gender-based violence and women’s health, and promote livelihood opportunities for women in Karenni/Kayah State.
Karenni Social Welfare and Development Center (KSWDC)
KSWDC was formed in 1996 in response to the humanitarian needs of civilians displaced after the ceasefire agreement between the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) and the government broke down. KSWDC has staff in all townships of Karenni/Kayah State who are implementing these main programs. TBC supports the largest of KSWDC’s programs, which is the delivery of cash transfers to villagers who have experienced shocks to livelihoods. KSWDC has also been a regular contributor to TBC’s annual survey of conditions in South East Burma/Myanmar. The Burma Relief Center supports KSWDC’s community development program, which facilitates participatory approaches to planning and coordinating small scale self-reliance projects. Danish Church Aid provides technical support for landmine action, which is primarily mine-risk education and the mapping of mine affected areas.
HURFORM was founded by prodemocracy students from the 1998 uprising, and Mon community leaders and youths. HURFORM is a non-profit organisation that is monitoring the human rights situation in Mon territory and other areas in the southern part of Burma. HURFORM has produced a monthly human rights report called the Mon Forum since 2002 to inform the international community about current trends. TBC is supporting HURFORM to survey confiscated lands in the Mon ceasefire areas and to advocate for greater protection of customary land users.
Mon Relief and Development Committee (MRDC)
MRDC was founded in 1990 as the Mon National Relief Committee to facilitate coordination after the influx of Mon refugees led to the establishment of camps in Thailand. MRDC field staff are located in the Mon ceasefire areas in northern Tanintharyi Region and southern Mon and Karen/Kayin States. The main programme activities relate to the distribution of food aid and coordination of community development projects in the Mon resettlement sites, and the distribution of cash transfers. MRDC’s community development programme has also been supported by the Burma Relief Center. MRDC has been a regular contributor to TBC’s annual survey of conditions in South East Burma/Myanmar.
SSDF was founded in 2013 as an amalgamation of the Shan Education Committee, the Shan Health Committee and the Shan Relief and Development Committee. SRDC began providing relief supplies to the internally displaced population in southern Shan State in 1998 after a campaign of forced relocations. With support from the Burma Relief Center, SRDC started a community development program in conflict areas in 2003. SRDC also provided occasional monitoring support for TBC in the Shan IDP camps, and was a regular contributor to TBC’s annual survey of conditions in South East Burma/Myanmar.
Tenasserim River & Indigenous People Network (TRIP-NET)
TRIP NET is a group consisting with different local community representatives in Tenasserim / Tanintharyi Region who are facing the emergence of rapid economic activities supported by the state and private sectors. It was formed in 5th February 2014 after several years of working with local communities in Tenasserim region.
TRIP-NET would like to support people engagement in any development process implemented by the state and private sectors in order to mitigate the future impacts to their communities. TRIP-NET believes that sustainable development can be achieved only when local people have the right to participate in development process, control and manage their natural resources due to their tradition and culture.