Welcome to Nandar Win, YSEALI fellow

Nandar, of Myanmar, is in residency with Civic Nebraska this fall via the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellowship Program. Here is more about Nandar in his own words.

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Who am I and why am I here?

Hello, everyone! My name is Nandar Win. Just call me Nandar. I am from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, which is in Southeast Asia. I am 30. I applied to the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellowship Program last year and was selected to participate in 2022. I applied for the Governance and Society theme because the program is directly related to my current work, and I am also highly interested in learning more about it. YSEALI’s institute partner, the American Council for Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), assigned me to work with Civic Nebraska.

My education

I graduated in 2013 with a major in Bachelor of Commerce from the Yangon Institute of Economics. Then I studied for a one-year research diploma program organized by the Yangon University of Economics in 2016.

My work

I have been working for one of the INGOs in Myanmar called Oxfam in Myanmar since 2018. I work for a strengthening local governance project in Myanmar at one of the ethnic locations, Mon State, which is situated in the southeast part of Myanmar. I am a senior program officer and our project focuses on strengthening civil society organizations’ capacity, supporting grassroots women’s leaders’ capacity to voice out more confidently at the decision-making level, and have better engagement with government departments at the township level in order to be more responsive in public services.

Expectations for the fellowship

I will focus on how civil society organizations support democracy in the United States and what forms of implementation democracy needs. I will prioritize integrating the inputs from my fellowship experience into my proposed follow-on action plan as much as I can throughout my fellowship with Civic Nebraska. Additionally, I will dive into learning about U.S. politics during the fellowship.

What I believe

“As a human, I am sympathetic to the suffering of others and willing to help in any manner I can.”

Sincere gratitude

Thank you to Jeff Cole and Patrice McMahon, my host family in Lincoln; Oxfam in Myanmar; the U.S. Department of State; the YSEALI PFP; ACYPL; and Civic Nebraska’s team members for having me here and providing me with all I need throughout the fellowship.

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