Donor: USAID/Burma  Timeframe: August 2023 – June 2028 

USAID Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program (DISP)

A map of Myanmar with labeled dots to indicate some of the major cities of the country including Madalay, Bagan, Kengtung (Kyaingtong), Bagor (Pega), and others. Countries with which Myanmar shares a border are also visible including Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, and Thailand.

The Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program (DISP) seeks to support current and future community leaders of Myanmar, particularly those from vulnerable groups, to gain access to quality higher education (HE) learning opportunities by offering regional and local HE scholarships, grants under contract, and a variety of higher education opportunities via multimodalities that strengthen the HE landscape. Participants will earn higher education degrees, receive professional certifications, and/or gain access to contextualized HE curricula through short- and long-term training in Myanmar and throughout the following selected USAID-presence countries in the Asia region (Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand).

IDP will support cross-cutting programmatic areas related to ensuring that the DISP program approaches and activities are diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible (DEIA). This includes providing technical assistance and training to program staff on DEIA, conducting both a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion analysis (GESI) and Rapid Education and Risk Analysis (RERA), working with Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) staff to incorporate DEIA indicators in the MEL plan, and providing targeted support to ensure the inclusion of marginalized populations in program activities.


Project Highlights

  • Lead RERA and GESI studies to inform development of Inclusive Development Action Plan (IDAP)
  • Provide technical assistance, training, and mentorship to project team in embedding DEIA approaches across all activities
  • Support higher education institutions to utilize Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approaches