The Myanmar/Burma Update is a series of regular conferences that focus on recent economic, political and social conditions in Burma and provide in-depth analysis into a select theme of particular relevance to Burma's socio-economic development. They have been held approximately every 18-24 months since their inception as the Burma Update. From 2004 the series has been called the Myanmar/Burma Update. The next update is planned for the first half of 2015.
The main objective of the Update is to inform government agencies, policy makers, the corporate sector, NGOs, journalists and members of the Australian community about this important country. Each conference has featured Burmese and non-Burmese professionals presenting the results of research done on recent developments and timely issues in Myanmar/Burma. People attending the conference come from diverse backgrounds: development assistance specialists, journalists, lawyers, government officials, business people, academics, and students.
Each time the conference includes presentations on political and economic developments as well as papers that address emerging issues. Previous Myanmar/Burma Update themes have covered national reconciliation, state/civil society relations and the role of the military, agriculture and rural development, health & education, economic prospects, and international relations.
The first Burma Update was organised at the Australian National University in 1990 by ANU researchers. In some years the conference series has been organised in conjunction with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. Financial assistance for the series has been provided by the Australian National University, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), and in 2004, 2009, and 2011 through grants from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). Support for the 2006 conference was also received from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Japan.