Myanmar MAP synthesis report

This MAP Study Synthesis Note serves to summarize a series of documents produced as part of the Making Access Possible (MAP) Myanmar initiative. Preparation for MAP Myanmar was approved by the President of the Union of Myanmar in January 2013. The programme has been developed by United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in close cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Myanmar and is embedded in the UNDP Country Programme and Action Plan (CPAP), which has subsequently been approved by the Government of Myanmar. MAP Myanmar is funded by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Livelihoods and Food Securities Trust Fund (LIFT). The project is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by U Htein Linn, Manager Director of the Myanmar Microfinance Supervisory Enterprise (MSE) and consisting of 10 members representing government and project sponsors.

This Synthesis Note presents the main findings of a comprehensive demand-side, supply-side and regulatory analyses (‘Making Access Possible: Myanmar Country Diagnostic Report’, 2014). The supply-side analysis covers payments, savings, credit and insurance, and therefore provides an understanding of microfinance in a broad context. The demand-side component includes an analysis of access, usage, perceptions and attitudes of financial services by target groups. The demand-side analysis draws from quantitative data provided by the Myanmar FinScope Survey 2013 and qualitative research in the form of Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), Home Visits (HV) and Key Informant Interviews (KII). For more information on the research methodologies and scope of the quantitative and qualitative research conducted, please refer to ‘Making Access Possible: Myanmar Country Diagnostic Report’, 2014.

The MAP methodology and process has been developed jointly by UNCDF, FinMark Trust (FMT) and the Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri) to foster inclusive financial sector growth.