Abbrev. Full form
ABFSU All Burma Federation of Students' Unions
ABSDF All Burma Students' Democratic Front
ACC Administrative Committee for Co-ordination (UN)
ACCORD ASEAN + China Co-operative Operations in Response to Dangerous Drugs
AD Alternative Development
AFP Agence France Presse; Australian Federal Police
AFPFL Anti-Fascist People's Freedom League
ALD Arakan League for Democracy 
AMI Aide Medicale Internationale (International Medical Aid)  (office in Yangon, Myanmar)
ASEAN Association of South East Asian Nations
ASEMI Bibliothèque ASEMI, publication of CeDRASEMI (Centre de documentation et de recherches sur l'Asie du Sud-Est et le monde insulindien, l'Université de Nice) (
ATS amphetamine-type stimulant
BBC British Broadcasting Corporation
BDA Borders Development Association (NGO Myanmar)
BERG Burma Ethnic Research Group
BIA Burma Independence Army
BRC Burma Relief Centre
BSPP Burma Socialist Programme Party
CCDAC Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (Myanmar government)
CCC Christian Church of China (?) China Christian Committee (?)
CCT Christian Church of Thailand
CEDAW Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
CNF Chin National Front
CNLD Chin National League for Democracy
CPB Communist Party of Burma
CRPP Committee Representing the People's Parliament
CSSMR China Society for Strategy and Management Research (PRC NGO)
DDSI Directorate of the Defence Services Intelligence
DEA Drug Enforcement Administration (USA)
DKBA Democratic Karen (or Kayin) Buddhist Army
DPNS Democratic Party for a New Society
DVB Democratic Voice of Burma
ECOSOC Economic and Social Council (UN)
EFT Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand
FAO Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN system)
FBR Free Burma Rangers
FDI foreign direct investment
FEER Far Eastern Economic Review
HIV/AIDS Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Virus
IB Infantry Battalion
ICMP Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme (UNDCP programme)
ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross
IDP internally displaced person
IDU injecting drug use(r)
ILO International Labour Organization
IMB International Missions Board (U.S. Baptist)
INCB International Narcotics Control Board (UN)
INCSR International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (USA)
IRC International Rescue Committee
ISG Interim Shan Government
KIC Kachin Independence Council (HU's partner;  = Kachin Independence Organization?)
KIO Kachin Independence Organization (armed wing: Kachin Independence Army)
KKY Ka Kwe Ye (Myanmar militias)
KMT Kuomintang (anti-communist Chinese force)
KNLA Karen National Liberation Army
KNPLF Karenni Nationalities People's Liberation Front
KNPP Karenni National Progressive Party
KNU Karen National Union (armed wing: Karen National Liberation Army)
LDF Lahu Democratic Front
LEI Literacy and Evangelism International (literacy organization founded by Rev. Robert F. Rice)
LIB Light Infantry Battalion
LNDO Lahu National Development Organisation
LSHTM London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
MANA Myanmar Anti-narcotics Association (NGO Myanmar)
MdM Medicins du Monde (international NGO)
MI military intelligence
MMCWA Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association
MNDAA Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (Kokang [ethnic Hans in NE] faction of old CPB)
MoU Memorandum of Understanding? (e.g., "Myanmar also signed MoUs with such non-governmental organizations as Malteser, AMI, Asian Harm Reduction Network in 2003")
MTA Mon Tai Army 蒙泰军(headed by Khun Sa 坤沙,  aka Chang Qifu)
MWEA Myanmar Women's Entrepreneurial Association
NCGUB National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma
NCUB National Council of the Union of Burma
NGO non-governmental organisation
NHEC National Health and Education Committee (Chiang Mai-based forum for health and education depts of Myanmar border and exile groups)
NLD National League for Democracy
NMSP New Mon State Party (armed wing: Mon National Liberation Army)
NNCC (a PRC organisation)
NULF National United Liberation Front
NUP National Unity Party
ODCCP Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (UN)
OMF Overseas Missionary Fellowship
OSI Open Society Institute (funded by George Soros)
PNO Pa'O National Organisation (Pa'O are a subgroup of Karen) (= Pa'o, Pao, etc.)
PSI Population Services International (international NGO)
PVO People's Volunteer Organization
RCSS Restoration Council of Shan State
RFA Radio Free Asia
RIT Rangoon Institute of Technology
RRA rapid rural appraisal
SBC Southern Baptist Conference ? Convention ? Southwest Baptist College ? ...
SCOPE Strategy for Coca and Poppy Elimination (UNDCP 1998 10-year master-plan)
SDU Shan Democratic Union
SHAN Shan Herald Agency for News
SHRF Shan Human Rights Foundation
SIL SIL International, Inc. (originally stood for "Summer Institute of Linguistics")
SLORC State Law and Order Restoration CounciI
SNLD Shan Nationalities League for Democracy
SNPLO Shan State Nationalities People's Liberation Organization
SPDC State Peace and Development Council
SSA Shan State Army (aka SURA)
SSNA Shan State National Army
SSPC Shan State Peace Council
STB Sipeem Tawx Bwan: (a welfare B30organisation with a base in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand)
SURA Shan United Revolutionary Army
UNAIDS United Nations AIDS Programme (UN)
UNCT United Nations Country Team (UN)
UNDAF United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UN)
UNDCP United Nations Drug Control Programme (part of UNODCCP)
UNDP United Nations Development Programme
UNESCO United Nations Economic and Social Organisation
UNFDAC United Nations Fund for Drug Abuse Control (UNDCP predecessor)
UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund
UNLD United Nationalities League for Democracy
UNODC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
UNODCCP United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention
UNWFP United Nations World Food Program
USDA Union Solidarity and Development Association
UWSA United Wa State Army
UWSP United Wa State Party
VOA Voice of America
WADP Wa Alternative Development Programme (UNDCP project)
WCF Wa Christian Fellowship
WFP World Food Programme (UN)
WHO World Health Organisation
WNO Wa National Organisation (KKY militia founded 1974 on Thai border by Wa/Shan "prince" Maha San--c.200 members as of 2002)
WWS Wa Welfare Society (est. 1996, by UWSA foreign minister Sai Pao Sin)