The project “Building a sustainable social protection response to the COVID-19 crisis in Myanmar” aims to support the national government in responding efficiently to the current and future crises, by strengthening the shock-responsiveness and financial sustainability of their social protection system. The purpose is to protect workers and households from falling further into poverty particularly in times of crisis as well as supporting economic recovery through strengthening human capital.

The project is expected to deliver results in several complementary areas, by supporting the development of more robust financing of the social security system, setting the foundations for an unemployment insurance scheme, transferring knowledge and building national capacity and strengthening dialogue with relevant stakeholders towards policy development.

The activities implemented through the project will be further complemented by the Japan government-funded “Bolstering Unemployment Insurance and Labour Market Policy Development in Myanmar (BUILD)” project, which will particularly focus on strengthening the linkages between unemployment insurance and the existing Active Labour Market Policies (ALMP) measures in Myanmar. 


Key Accomplishments in 2020

  • In 2020, the project focused on setting up the team, with the recruitment of the National Project Coordinator, identifying international experts, developing a detailed work plan, and coordinating with the main implementing partner, the Social Security Board of Myanmar.
  • Data availability and accessibility being a major issue in Myanmar, in collaboration with other ILO Projects, a data company was hired and is currently supporting the Social Security Board in collecting, compiling and digitalizing data that will be necessary for actuarial analysis, as a joint effort to conduct comprehensive actuarial analysis.
  • Partnership and collaboration on social protection were strengthened between the ILO, social partners and other stakeholders by involving them in project consultations which were being done virtually due to the pandemic.


Mr Simon Brimblecombe, ILO Senior Actuary,

Mr Ippei Tsuruga, ILO focal point on unemployment Insurance,