The sub-project in Myanmar, which is part of the regional project “Promoting Cooperative Self-Help Organizations in Asia”, aims at improving the framework conditions for cooperatives in the country by supporting selected pilot cooperatives and by increasing the capacities of national stakeholders. The objective is to empower poor households in order to be able to face economic challenges cooperatively. The current project phase lasts from 2018 to 2020.

About the project

The selected pilot cooperatives in the fields of agriculture and financial services are being supported in collaboration with other development partners, namely UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Deutsche Welthungerhilfe. DGRV provides advisory services for the organisational development and good governance of cooperatives and strengthens the capacities of board members and managers.

As main national stakeholder in Myanmar’s cooperative system, DGRV supports the Cooperative Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) in order to build supervisory capacities and to promote a common understanding of the cooperative values and principles. The CCS – Central Cooperative Society is being involved in key activities.

The project is funded by the BMZ – German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. With its activities, DGRV Myanmar contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, especially to SDG 1 “No poverty”, SDG 2 “Zero Hunger”, SDG 8 “Decent work and Economic Growth“ and SDG 10 “Reduced Inequality” (Goal 10).

Social Development Goals

With its activities, DGRV Myanmar contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, especially to SDG 1 “No poverty”, SDG 2 “Zero Hunger”, SDG 8 “Decent work and Economic Growth“ and SDG 10 “Reduced Inequality” (Goal 10).


From 23.09 until 27.09.2019, DGRV organized a study visit with representatives from the Cooperative Department, the Central Cooperative Society and the Cooperative University in Thanlyin to Germany. The focus of the study tour was to show how the German system of cooperative federations works to support cooperatives and to provide insights into best-practices of auditing cooperative enterprises. Besides visiting a number of selected primary cooperatives, the delegation visited DGRV headquarter Bonn, the Cooperative Federation Weser-Ems as well as the Ministry for Economy, Labour, Transportation and Digitization of Lower Saxony in Hannover.

On 19th of August 2019, Green Gold Cooperative, a marketing cooperative of about 1,000 coffee farmers which has been set-up with the support of UNODC, has held its third General Assembly. DGRV provides capacity building to the board of directors, internal auditors, and management team of the cooperative on organizational and governance issues.

National Partner

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MoALI)

Within MoALI, the Cooperative Department is responsible for the cooperative system in Myanmar and currently DGRVs main local partner. The Departments’ objectives are,

  • To upgrade the agricultural sector by organising farmers’ associations and cooperatives inclusive of small holders and subsistence farmers.
  • To seek technical assistance and mobilise the financial resources from local and international agencies in support of crops, livestock, fisheries and rural development in the agriculture sector.
  • To improve the livelihood and income generation of the rural people through the development of cooperative enterprises and structures.

Central Cooperative Society (CCS)

The CCS is engaged in business and cooperative promotional activities. It also carries out cooperative education and training activities in collaboration with the Department of Cooperative Development under the MoALI. The primaries are multipurpose in character and provide credit, input supply and marketing of member’s produce in addition to allied services. Owning and operating processing facilities like rice mills, oil expellers, condensed milk manufacturing, salt plants, textile mills and other workshops, do value adding. Rice and rice products, beans and pulses, maize etc are exported and fertiliser, machineries and other consumer food etc. are imported.

International Partner

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.


Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany, without political or religious affiliation. Their aim is to improve people’s lives sustainably in the long term. Deutsche Welthungerhilfe is inter alia working by using the principle of “help for self-help”. The actions are guided by the conviction that all people are equal in value, they have inalienable rights, and they should be able to control their own lives.


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Project Director: Mr. Marc-André Zach,

Project Manager: Ms. Khin Akari Tar,

Project Manager: Ms. Ines Feismann,

Employees of the DGRV project team in Myanmar

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