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Personal debt as a justice issue in Myanmar


"The MyJustice report Personal Debt as a Justice Issue in Myanmar, based on a qualitative analysis of 124 interviews conducted in 2022 in Mandalay, Rakhine and Mon states, tracks personal experiences of debt disputes and how these have changed with the economic crisis and the disintegration of formal state authority across Myanmar. The report explores motives for, and sources of, borrowing, gender dimensions of debt, and the range of formal and informal remedies available when debt disputes happen. It illustrates a mounting personal debt crisis, as well as indications that this may precipitate the long-term erosion of trust and social capital, and an increase in the precarity of the position of women. Finally, the report recommends a range of short-term measures to help communities resolve debt disputes in the absence of formal institutions, as well as options for long term reform."