Lessons from the Kachin “development” experience

    INTRODUCTION

    Burma’s government is using the promise of development as a key component in its current peace negotiations with armed ethnic organizations, proposing ceasefire first, then development, and finally a national political agreement. This process has been tried before in Kachin State with disastrous consequences.

    This report summarizes findings from seven years of research and demonstrates that the Kachin experience should serve as a warning to other ethnic groups attempting peace through a similar process.
    Without a political resolution first, there can be no just or sustainable development of Burma.

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