The new dilemma for Myanmar's civil society organisations.

Can participatory and inclusive processes also be constraining and controlling?

The planning of New Yangon City reveals how supposedly 'democratic' practices can also serve to cover up, control and contain conflicts and differences.

This means that civil society organisations can have a hard time. They either engage in planning processes in a limited and technical manner, or risk being marginalized through more direct confrontation with government and companies.

See full article below - by Tamas Wells and Vanessa Lamb