This project, conducted through the Workshop in Sustainable Development Practice at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), partnered with Tea Circle: A Forum for New Perspectives on Burma/Myanmar.  In the project, the SIPA workshop team developed three standalone reports with the overarching theme of a rights-based analysis of key policy considerations on Myanmar.  The reports, included as separate sections here, are expected to be published on the Tea Circle website at

First, the team considered the efforts of Myanmar’s National Unity Government (NUG) in exile to attain international recognition at the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council, offered a prognosis and formulated practical recommendations towards international recognition.

Second, the team evaluated the economic sanctions on Myanmar and considered the impact of the sanctions regime. The team formulated recommendations with a view to increase the effectiveness of economic sanctions while minimizing their impact on human rights in Myanmar.

Third, the team presented non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as an innovative way to raise critical humanitarian funds in Myanmar, evaluating the possible use of NFTs in accordance with the human rights-based approach. The team concluded by outlining key questions and considerations for leveraging NFTs to facilitate cross-border aid to Myanmar.