Times are changing in Burma. Once it was risky to even say her name, now you can buy an Aung Sun Suu Kyi t-shirt on the streets of Yangon. Suu Kyi has long been a symbol of hope for Burmese people; David Cameron described her as a “shining example for people who yearn for freedom, more »
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To set the scene, our trip was an assessment mission for Revenue Watch Institute, looking into transparency possibilities in and around the oil and gas sector. We decided to meet up with people from a variety of backgrounds; transparency activists, newly-established NGO workers, oil sector managers, and government officials, as well as talking to the public, to get as broad a picture as possible. Our first full day was pretty full on- 4 meetings, with the founder of a new magazine, our “fixer” and someone who had worked in the oil sector, a civil society worker, and the acting head of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA).