IFC promotes sustainable growth in hydropower sectors. This is the twenty-seventh in a series of monthly newsletters on our work.

Dear Partners and Colleagues,

This month, over 150 stakeholders from Myanmar’s hydropower sector joined the first General Forum for Myanmar’s Hydropower Developers’ Working Group. Geared for the private sector to advance sustainability in the hydropower sector, we encourage all companies interested to join this initiative supported by the Australian government. The more companies we have on board, the greater our achievements will be to improve the sector. Presentations from the General Forum can be found here.

Additionally, don't miss the web feature on this event and the Membership Guide & Application Form below.

From September 12-14, 2016 we hope to see you all at the 2016 International RiverSymposium in New Delhi, India. At this global conference IFC and our partners will be presenting on a number of topics ranging from hydropower governance to more technical topics on environmental flows and fish passages.

If you cannot make it to India, in Lao PDR next month we will advance our work on cumulative impact assessments by discussing the draft guidelines and next steps. We also invite you to join us for a forum on the Policy on Sustainable Hydropower Development with the government of Lao PDR to learn more about how the policy has been implemented since its approval and what it means for the sector. Watch our website for more on these events.

We are hiring in Yangon! If you're a Myanmar national and are interested in supporting our program follow this link to learn more.


Kind Regards,

Kate Lazarus,
Advisory Services, Hydropower Sector

Hydro Companies Push For Sustainability in Myanmar

Myanmar’s rich landscape is being explored for its abundance of water resources to advance its economy as an emerging market. One area of growth being considered by the government is in the hydropower sector. With a new Hydropower Developers’ Working Group in Myanmar, IFC is engaging the private sector to adopt and promote environmental and social sustainability in the sector.

“The facts cannot be ignored: around 34 million people still do not have access to electricity,” said Vikram Kumar, IFC Country Manager for Myanmar in his opening remarks. “Hydropower, if done sustainably, could help people improve their daily lives throughout the country.”


Membership Guide & Application Form

Is your company interested or planning to invest in Myanmar's hydropower sector?

Download Myanmar's Hydropower Developers' Working Group Membership Guide and Application Form to learn more about the working group's aims and how to join.

Questions? Contact us for more information


IFC at the 2016 RiverSymposium –
What to Expect

Experts from across the globe are joining the 2016 RiverSymposium to advance discussions on the restoration, protection and sustainable management of the world’s rivers. With three special sessions and a key note address, IFC is leading discussions at the event on how to raise environmental and social standards to improve the sustainability of the hydropower sector. 

“We’re calling for action to improve governance of the hydropower sector,” said Kate Lazarus, team lead for IFC’s environmental and social hydropower advisory program in Asia. “The hydropower sector requires a commitment. Good governance will only be achieved if we take a cumulative, basin-wide  approach  to our work and provide officials with the tools they need to implement their work.”


In the News

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Hydropower Working Group Launched in Myanmar

IFC and Private Sector Entities Launch Working Group to Drive Change in Myanmar Hydropower Sector
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Private Sector Plays Role in Hydro Sector Development in Lao PDR
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Laos to Share Hydropower Development Expertise with Myanmar

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