Banashree Banerjee, independent urban planner and associate staff member of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam, gave a talk during the CPR - CSH Urban Workshop, on "Democratization through Participatory Action".
This workshop organised by CPR-CSH (Centre for Policy Research - Centre de Sciences Humaines), is part of a series that aims to start a public dialogue on important issues related to urban development, from various perspectives (e.g. administrative, cultural, economic, social and political).
The inputs in the workshop come from extensive field experience in Myanmar, where Banashree Banerjee and Maartje van Eerd (Senior Expert in Housing and Social Development at IHS) conducted a capacity building project within the local government of Yangon. You can read more about this project here.
Watch the full video of the talk by Banashree Banerjee and find out all about the rapid changes that have taken place in Myanmar over the last eight years.
In the talk, Banerjee discusses how the switch to democratic governance, shift to a market economy, and internal regional harmony - in quick succession - led to sharp growth of the overall economy as well as the cities of Myanmar, particularly Yangon.
The Q&A session that followed can be accessed here.