Programme areas and target groups

  • South East Myanmar:  Kayin State and Bago Division
  • Rakhine State: Sittwe and Kyauktaw Townships
  • Northern Shan State: Lashio and neighboring townships

We work with conflict-affected internally displaced, host communities and conflict-affected returnees.

ZOA/CDN Myanmar works in several sectors:

  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • WASH
  • Social cohesion

What we do in Myanmar

ZOA works in Myanmar through local partners, since 2003/2004. We scaled up significantly in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis in 2008. The organization was officially registered in 2009 as The Consortium of Dutch NGOs (with Red een Kind and Woord en Daad). ZOA is now the sole governance structure and contributor, even though it is still registered locally as CDN. CDN/ZOA provides support to marginalized communities in Myanmar affected by conflict or natural disasters by providing equal access to relief, basic services and resources, and promoting good community governance to re-build peaceful and stable communities.

Improving livelihoods in Kayin State

In Thandaunggyi Township in the north of Kayin State, we support communities, who were displaced for more than 40 years, to rebuild their future. The project reaches almost 7,000 smallholder-farming households, including displaced people who have recently returned to the area. We support the improvement of incomes for farming households through the introduction of new crop varieties and increasing access to markets.

VSLA’s and small business in Bago Region

CDN/ZOA was invited by authorities in the Kyaukkyi Township in Bago Region to support conflict-affected people. In partnership with the Karen Baptist Convention (KBC), we started to work in Kyaukkyi Township in 2016. We are one of the few INGOs present in this area. Activities focus on training for improved gardening and agricultural techniques, capacity building of the Village Development Committees, the promotion of saving and loan groups (VSLA’s) and small business development.

Social cohesion in Rakhine State

In 2012, tensions between Rakhine communities and Rohingya in Rakhine State resulted in widespread intercommunal violence. CDN/ZOA takes a conflict sensitive approach to this situation and supports both communities.

In Sittwe Township, CDN/ZOA ran a gender sensitive WASH project that provided access to clean water, latrine facilities and hygiene promotion.

Providing basic services like water and latrine facilities allow IDPs to live a more dignified life.

Acces to basic WASH-services allows IDPs to live more dignified lifes and prevents outbreaks of infectious diseases to spread in the camps. Further activities are planned to help provide livelihood opportunities in the camps.

In Kyauktaw Township, we implement a food security and nutrition project on home gardening. Water sources for 24 villages are improved and households received water filters so that families have access to clean water. These activities are focused on Women’s groups to address the root causes of malnutrition in the area. This project reaches 3,000 households in a mixture of Muslims and Rakhine communities.

Emergency relief

If necessary, CDN/ZOA provides emergency relief. We responded to flooding in July 2018 and provided emergency assistance to nine Muslim and Rakhine villages affected by flooding in Kyauktaw Township.

Partners and donors

Partnerships and Networks

CDN/ZOA applies a dual approach, whereby it self-implements projects and implements projects through local partner organizations. Collaboration with partners makes it possible to work in places that are inaccessible for INGOs and at the same time contributes to building local capacity.

CDN/ZOA is a member of the INGO Forum and actively engages in coordination meetings and mechanisms at national and state level. CDN/ZOA has a MoU with the Department of Agriculture. Recent consortium partnerships include Danish Refugee Council, Relief International, World Concern Myanmar, and Cordaid. CDN/ZOA also has a number of partnership with local organizations including Karuna Myanmar Social Services (KMSS), Karen Baptist Convention (KBC) and Building Better Societies (BBS).


CDN/ZOA is supported by a range of multilateral, bilateral and private institutional donors. Recent bilateral and multilateral donors include EuropeAid (EU), Government of the United Sates (OFDA), UNICEF, Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF), World Food Programme (WFP), Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and the Royal  in Myanmar. CDN/ZOA also receives support from a range of private donors and foundations, such as the ZOA Business Ambassadors.