Kachin Development Group (KDG)

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About us:

Kachin Development Group (KDG) is an outcome of a three-day Kachin youth consultation meeting, held in Maija Yang (a Sino-Burmese town in Kachin state) over September 30 – October 2, 2005. The meeting was attended by active Kachin youth leaders from different youth organizations inside the country. The KDG was formally founded on October 2, 2005 with the consensus of participants of the meeting, with the aim to make a commitment to uplifting the wellbeing of the poor, underprivileged, and marginalized sections of the population in Kachin state and northern Shan state. The KDG carried out projects linking different actors involved in the peace process, linking relief and development, and building sustainable livelihoods, especially for those affected by conflict. Some KDG activities include education in emergencies, life skills development for young people, civic empowerment, and an adolescent reproductive and sexual health programme.

Under the DPP, the KDG work on youth development and capacity building, including organizing a youth forum and youth day events. In addition to their staff, they have a large number of volunteers from different IDP camps. Many of their volunteers are young adults or adolescents.