Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability is a civil society alliance that supports civil society actors to collaboratively advocate for transparency and accountability in all sectors across Myanmar. More than 400 civil society organizations, civil society network and individual from the whole country of Myanmar are involved in MATA as members.
MATA was formed as a mechanism for civil society coordination with the EITI process. However, it is just one example of the initiatives we support to build openness in natural resource management across the country. The Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) is another example of an initiative that MATA intends to help facilitate in Myanmar. This is an EU Action Plan which aims to support improvements to forest governance around the world.
Key Civil Society and MATA Achievements to Date
In 2013, an inclusive process was initiated to ensure that civil society representatives were elected for EITI’s MSG to represent broad interests from across the country.
Civil society needed to develop a strong base and elect its representatives through a well-informed, inclusive and transparent process.
By January 2014, civil society working groups in each state and region (except Karen State) finalised the selection of representatives to participate in the national steering group where they join civil society MSG representatives to make decisions collectively.
MATA was formed to support the coordination of elected actors and organisations following democratic selection criteria across the whole of Myanmar.
Responsibilities of MATA in EITI
Our key activities are;