Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability, (MATA for short) is a national network comprised of over 450 civil society actors and individuals from all of Myanmar’s 14 states and regions. MATA supports members to collaboratively examine economic, political and social reform issues and to advocate for transparency and accountability of governance in Myanmar – with a focus on extractive industries.
MATA was formed during 2013 amid heightened civil society activity around the EITI mechanism. A number of civil society actors had focused on EITI before 2013 however the alliance formed a critical mass following a commitment from the President of Myanmar to join EITI. In October 2013, a core group of civil society actors collaboratively organised an EITI National Conference of CSOs. These groups formed MATA – then named the Myanmar Coalition 4 Transparency; subsequently changed to reflect a focus on accountability issues.