Dharana Rijal

Dharana Rijal

MPP 2013, Cultural Bridge Fellow
Myanmar Sustainable Investments Initiative, Myanmar and Cambodia June 10, 2012 – August 10, 2012

Dharana worked this summer on a team of Harvard Kennedy School students studying foreign investment in Myanmar’s non-extractive sectors. In contrast to increased investment in extractive sectors such as oil, gas, and mining, investment in non-extractive sectors leads to economic growth that can benefit a wider distribution of Myanmar’s population. Given the relatively higher participation rate for women in these sectors, these opportunities are also crucial in empowering women to avoid economic hardships and other hazards such as sex trafficking. The research team divided its time between Cambodia and Burma in developing the research methodology, carrying out field research, and consolidating the findings. A particular focus of Dharana’s work is on researching potentials and challenges for inclusive growth in the country through investment in agriculture, tourism, and light manufacturing. Her research relies on quantitative analysis and interviews with government officials, local organizations, international development agencies, businesses, and entrepreneurs.