About NDI

Naushawng Development Institute (NDI)

Naushawng Development Institute (NDI) is an independent, non-profit education and development organization founded on April 9th2009 by Kachin scholars committed to strengthening democracy and community development in northern Myanmar. NDI contributes to democratic transition, peace building and sustainable development in Myanmar through training; education; advocacy; research and policy development analysis, as well as networking.

Naushawng is the Jinghpaw name for the leaders of the well-known traditional Kachin dance who guide thousands of people around the Manau sacred poles. We chose Naushawng as our name because we believe that by making education is our priority and we are enabling young people to become future leaders, who develop responses to the key issues facing our citizens.

NDI Motto

“Shape the Future, Invest in Education”

Our Vision

A society in which self-determination; peace; harmony and prosperity are enjoyed by all.

Our Mission

Advancing Kachin society through researching policy alternatives and providing educational leadership.

Our Aim

Promoting peace, human rights and democracy in Myanmar by empowering young community leaders and influencing decision-makers.

Our Values

Diversity, Equality, Justice

NDI Objectives

  • Empower potential community leaders through capacity-building programs.
  • Publish research papers relevant to social, political, and economic policy development in Kachin State and greater Myanmar.
  • Provide a high quality educational alternative for talented students.
  • Assist young people to find community-oriented work and educational opportunities and scholarships for further study inside the country or abroad.

Executive Committee Members

Mangshang Yaw Bawm


He is a co-founder and member of the Executive Committee of NDI which makes important decisions related to organizational affairs of NDI. He is a full-bright fellow currently studying M.A, in International Relation at Harvard University.

Kumba Roi Nu

EC Member and Director

She currently serves NDI as EC Member, the Director and also trainer of Social Research Method course at the Naushawng Community School. Roi Nu earned a master’s degree in Rural Development Management from Khon Khen University in Thailand in 2009.

Hpauna Bawk La

EC Member & Research and Publication Coordinator

He currently serves as the Research and Publication Coordinator of NDI. He is also a part-time trainer at NDI training programs. He earned Bachelor of Art in International Relation and Development from Rangsit University, Thailand in December 2013.

Lazum Hpuji Nawng

EC Member, Treasurer and Web Administrator

He currently serves Executive Committee of NDI and works as the treasurer of NDI. He earned his B.A, in computer science at Payap University in Chiang Mai in Thailand. .

Joseph Tuyang La Hpan

EC Member

He is one of the Executive Committee members of NDI. He is also one of the alumni of Naushawng Community School. He graduated with Bachelor of Social Science in Policy Studies and Administration from City University of Hong Kong.

Nhkum La San Awng

EC Member

He currently studies M.A. Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manchester in United Kingdom. He is a founding member and one of the nine Executive Committee members of NDI.

Maran Hkun Myu Ja

EC Member

He is a co-founder and member of Executive Committee of NDI. He is co- director of NDI and principal of Naushawng Community School.

Hpauhkum Seng Nu Pan

EC Member

She is one of the Executive Committee members of NDI. She has been working with the American Jewish World Service from 2012 as a country representative for Myanmar. She has a master’s degree in international development studies from Chulalongkorn University.

Hpakawn Seng Li

EC Member

He is one of the Executive Committee members of NDI. Currently he is also serving as Program Manager of Department of Emergency Relief Program of Kachin Baptist Convention. He graduated from Master’s degree of Rural Development, Khon Kean University, Thailand.

Senior Management Team

Hpauna Seng Hkum

Program Manager of Civic Education program

Lachyung Hawng Dau

Office Manager and Part-time Teacher