The Thai economy: COVID-19, poverty, and social protection

The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has touched people from all walks of life. Across Thailand, children have been home from school, employees have been working from home, and business owners have struggled to remain viable. All of us have been learning to conduct our daily lives. ...

KIATIPONG ARIYAPRUCHYAARVIND NAIRJUDY YANGHARRY EDMUND MOROZ

Insight: COVID-19 response ignores social context at our peril

While frantically reading news about COVID-19, I wonder why the voices of social scientists and even public health specialists seem so subdued. Clearly, they have a contribution to make in the fight against the coronavirus based on their disciplinary core principles and what has been ...

Associate Professor Rosalia Sciortino

Covid-19 Curfew Arrests of Thailand’s Homeless

How can people “stay at home” if they are homeless? Police arrested Tui, a homeless man in the city of Chiang Mai, on April 5 for violating the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew the Thai government imposed as an emergency measure to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. After police ...

Sunai Phasuk

Ministry setting up cash for 2m disabled

The Finance Ministry is seeking a lifeline for the 2 million disabled and underprivileged people who are adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak, says finance permanent secretary Prasong Poontaneat. The ministry is working out the details with the Social Development and Human Security Ministry, which has ...

WICHIT CHANTANUSORNSIRI

Myanmar to be 1st country in ASEAN Region to launch free and open national research portal

Access to research in Myanmar will increase thanks to a new collaboration agreement between national and international partners, signed in Yangon today, and paving the way for a new national open access portal. The Myanmar Education, Research and Learning (MERAL) portal, to be launched in March, ...

RESEARCH ORGANIZATION OF INFORMATION AND SYSTEMS

China, Cambodia join hands to develop model village for poverty alleviation in Cambodia

China Foundation for Peace and Development (CFPD) and Cambodia’s Civil Society Alliance Forum (CSAF) signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) here on Friday to work together to develop a Cambodia-China friendship model village for poverty alleviation. The MoA was inked by CFPD’s secretary-general Xu Jianguo and ...

ASEAN start-ups are tackling food waste

There are approximately 124 million people around the world who suffer from acute hunger. According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2018 report, without intervention, 50 countries will fail to achieve the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of zero hunger by 2030. On ...

Liyana Hasnan

Cambodia's micro-loans accused of 'predatory' lending

Two prominent civil society groups in Cambodia have released a report detailing predatory practices by local microfinance institutions (MFIs), including coerced land sales. The joint report, released on Wednesday by human rights group, Licadho, and land rights group, Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT), spans 10 communities in four provinces ...

Andrew Nachemson

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam pledge to promote people’s livelihood in Development Triangle Area

Prime Minister Hun Sen, Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pledged to improve livelihood of  people living in the Development Triangle Area. Mr Hun Sen on Sunday had a cordial breakfast with Mr Nguyen Xuan and Mr Thongloun in Bangkok on the sideline ...

Ben Sokhean

Reducing Inequality in ASEAN with Blockchain

The poverty rate in ASEAN has been reduced significantly, and the quality of life has improved for a vast number of the region’s 625 million residents. The ASEAN reported in 2017 that since 1990, the region has seen a dramatic reduction in the proportion of ...

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