How We Work

Our Operating Principles

  • ADRA’s decisions and strategies are consistent with its beliefs, purpose and values.

  • ADRA demonstrates respect for diversity, treating people with equality, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or economic, political and religious differences.

  • ADRA is active in civil society, engaging in appropriate and empowering partnerships to identify, facilitate, and effect durable solutions to human need.

  • ADRA conducts its operations and delivers its programs with environmental sensitivity.

  • ADRA documents and applies operational learning to enhance individual and organisational effectiveness and innovation.

  • ADRA maintains a work environment and systems that enable staff to achieve professional, personal, and spiritual growth.

  • ADRA practices the highest principles of transparency and integrity, adheres to professional standards and requirements, and demonstrates fiscal and legal responsibility by implementing rigorous control and compliance systems.

  • ADRA enlarges its resource base to meet humanitarian needs in accordance with managerial, technical, and organisational capacities.

  • ADRA shares plans, information, resources, and learning within the ADRA Network, enhancing efficiency, effectiveness, and flexibility.

  • ADRA advocates for the basic rights of the people with whom it works, empowering them to speak for themselves.


ADRA Myanmar's work is divided into two primary categories, development and relief.



Development is a process of social and economic change whereby people are empowered to lead sustainable lives cultivated through their own independence. The basis to the concept of development can be best expressed through a very famous quote by Karl Marx - "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime". Responsible development practices are designed to have a long term, positive impact on a community. ADRA Myanmar believes that it is essential to engage with the community throughout the process of planning for intended community change. Any and all consultations are conducted in liaison with the local community in question to determine primary needs and how to go about providing for those needs whether it be creating food security by training farmers about agriculture to plant their own crops, or education by training local women how to sew traditional clothing to sell for income generation. These projects enable the community to have a voice throughout the decision making process and implementation and therefore take ownership and empower the community to strive for independence leading to sustainable living for all those involved.



During times of conflict and disaster, emergency management is key. Relief refers to the assistance that is given to relieve immediate emergency needs resulting from events such as natural disasters. Projects aimed at providing relief include sourcing shelter, providing immediate cash assistance, clothing, food and medical treatment. Disaster relief activities often transition from 'handouts' to 'development' in order to avoid creating a sense of 'dependancy' from disaster victims and to enable long term sustainability. In addition, ADRA Myanmar also works to mitigate the effects of a potential crisis by developing regional strategies for effective disaster response at all levels through disaster risk reduction training.


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E Condominium, Zay North Street

Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar

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