Tag: Development

Dane about life in Myanmar in 1991: “My phone was tapped”

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No shops, no good restaurants, no super markets and no private satellite dishes allowed so no international news. That was the reality when Jørn Kristensen and his wife, Astri, arrived in Myanmar in 1991. “It was an isolated and broken country in many ways,” Jørn Kristensen says. Only few years before his arrival, a devaluation…

Unique Yangon: “Blood” splatters and men in skirts

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Developing. That would be the best word to describe the largest city and former capital of Myanmar, Yangon, previously known as Rangoon. Before arriving in Yangon, I didn’t have many expectations as Myanmar isn’t the top picked tourist destination in travel catalogues. With images of the city being slim to non-existent in my head, I…

Astri is in love with Myanmar: Hoping the tourists will return

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Entering the Sule Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, is overwhelming. The high-ceilinged lobby is adorned with intimidating columns and large armchairs. An excessive chandelier lights up the huge room. It bears a resemblance of colonial times. This is the place Norwegian Astri Hole Fredriksen has chosen for the interview. When she first visited Myanmar…

Danish Asia Correspondent wins media-award in Denmark

Danish Bangkok-based journalist, Anya Palm, wins the Nairobi-award 2016, an annual award given to a person, group or organization that brings stories about development countries forth in Danish media. She won the prize for a series of articles printed in the Danish Magazine Udvikling. The investigation of the widespread and public accepted racism among monks in Southeast Asia,…

Scandinavian women to discover their own brand in Singapore

What is your personal brand? Or in other words: What do you want to be known for? This was one of the many questions Roger Grant asked members of Scandinavian Women’s Association (SWA) and friends at the ”Work made personal”-workshop on Thursday 19 May 2016. Roger and his wife Sophia Chin own PERSONNA, where they make a…

Finland gives 4 million Euros to Myanmar Development

Finland government has opened its pockets and written a check on 4 million Euros for The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) development actions in Myanmar, supporting the areas of democratic governance, local development and environmental sustainability. “We look forward to deepening our partnership with UNDP. One of Finland’s development priorities is to support the democratization of…