After ten years of the ground, what have we learned about working in rural Myanmar? This week, Proximity co-founder Jim-Taylor answered that very question in an article he wrote for Devex. Titled "5 Things to Know About Working in Rural Myanmar," he discusses everything from how mobile penetration will affect businesses, to how Myanmar is different from Vietnam:
Often viewed as Asia’s last untapped market, Myanmar is unsurprisingly attracting a growing number of international companies and development organizations that want to participate in — and benefit from — its economic and political transition.
Rapid and dramatic reforms and a steady transition from military dictatorship toward democracy have also encouraged traditional donors to up their pledges for the Southeast Asian country, earning its place as one of few “donor darlings” among developing countries.
But unlike nongovernmental organizations, whose development and humanitarian work is being slowed down by a lack of effective systems to handle and administer foreign aid, for-profit firms and social enterprises face fewer hurdles. That’s not to say they don’t face any challenges though.
The full version of this article first appeared on Devex. Read the full article here.