October 2019 – Speaker at the 2019 Effective Altruism Conference: Invited speaker at the the 2019 Effective Altruism Conference in Sydney, Australia. Presentation focused on budget transparency work in Myanmar.
September 2019 – Delivered ‘An Introduction to R Programming for Policy Analysis’ training: Provided analytical training in the R Statistical Programming language for policy advisors and economists in Sydney, Australia. Event hosted by the Microsoft Reactor Hub.
March to July 2019– Research Paper ‘Tax Reform and the Social Contract in Myanmar’ (publication forthcoming): Authored policy paper on the social contract and tax reform in Myanmar. Covered why a multidimensional perspective which considers the strength and nature of social relationships is essential to understanding tax reform in a fragile context and where future reform efforts are likely to be most productive.
February 2019 – ‘Infrastructure Gaps’ Methodology Review: Provided technical advice on the strengths, weaknesses and applicability of a methodology used by an international financial institution to estimate cross-country infrastructure needs.
December 2018 to January 2019 – Program Evaluation: Analyzed program outcome data and coauthored consulting report for client seeking advice on the effectiveness of their pilot development program in the pacific. Involved statistical analysis, data visualization and qualitative research.
May 2018 – Inter-parliamentary Budget Oversight Workshop:led the design, planning and evaluation of major national inter-parliamentary workshop on Myanmar’s economic planning and budget oversight processes. Involved managing staff, budget planning, the production of technical content and facilitating discussions between high-level officials during the day. Event was a major success with over 100 Myanmar parliamentarians attending in addition to high-level foreign representatives and international dignitaries. The event resulted in the first national public statement outlining the priorities for improving democratic accountability in Myanmar’s national and subnational budgets, planning laws and audit reports.
July and November 2017 – Inter-parliamentary Conferences on Budget Oversight:Worked with team of foreign and local advisors to design, plan and evaluate major national conferences on Myanmar’s budget, economic planning and audit processes. Conferences designed to provide newly elected parliamentarians with an understanding of the process and how their input can serve their constituents. Events were some of the first involving direct engagement between the parliament, civil society and government ministry officials.
September 2016 –Joint Report on Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in Myanmar: Led the development of a joint research report on the state of fiscal decentralization in Myanmar and how intergovernmental fiscal relationships impact government budget allocations. Involved proposal development, research management, data analysis, managing an interdisciplinary research team and designing the research dissemination strategy.
August 2016 – Myanmar’s first open budget data portal:Led a team of international statisticians to develop Myanmar’s first open budget data portal. Portal provided the first widely accessible and user-friendly approach for citizens, the media and researchers to easily view, analyze and share how Myanmar’s government was allocating public funds. Website’s launch was widely covered in the media and has since resulted in the formation of a dedicated budget monitoring initiative by ‘Ananda’.