The poor

Development and assistance for poverty reduction and food security

Pressing the mute button

The fast-approaching Christmas and New Year celebrations are supposed to ignite a sense of joy among the public, but such enthusiasm has long been curbed by the pandemic crisis that has sunk economies and hopes around the globe. With a feeling of unease in the air ...

WICHIT CHANTANUSORNSIRI, PATHOM SANGWONGWANICH AND SUCHIT LEESA-NGUANSUK

OPED: The pressure cooker that is Thailand

Thailand finds itself in a pressure cooker these days, dealing with pre-Covid-19 economic weaknesses, the lack of longer-term responses to the economic and social crises from the pandemic, and uncertainty about how much longer people can hold on before falling into poverty, losing jobs or ...

JOHANNA SON

Cambodia’s future depends on its poor, discriminated, and marginalised people

I believe the future of Cambodia depends on how the country supports its poor, discriminated, and marginalised people. Inequality will always exist, but all countries that neglect their downtrodden will bear the weight of reproach and the constant risk that immense talent, prospects, and capabilities ...

Youk Chhang

Land to lose: coronavirus compounds debt crisis in Cambodia

As dark clouds approached her village in northwestern Cambodia one afternoon in July, Set Sreylon prepared for the monsoon that threatened to flood her new family home. While the rains were a concern, the 37-year-old feared a bigger threat to her property – the daily visits ...

Matt Blomberg, Mech Dara

Vietnam dodged the coronavirus bullet, so why are its workers struggling?

Along a busy highway on the outskirts of Vietnam’s largest city, a worn-out looking woman carrying all her worldly possessions in a handful of plastic bags picks her way through a web of swaying hammocks, looking for one that’s empty so she can lay her ...

Sen Nguyen

Legislative changes, eco-tourism could curb illegal wildlife trade in Laos

A survey on wildlife market in Laos has revealed its local communities’ massive dependence on the product for food and livelihood, threatening the survival of many species in the country.  Nearly 90 percent of the households confirmed using wildlife, and the majority of the population was ...

Alok Gupta

What’s next for Thailand’s Covid-19 recovery?

After six months in lockdown, Thailand is encouraging citizens to return to its islands and beaches. The nation has had no local transmissions in the last two months. Businesses have opened back up and the government is now contemplating allowing 100,000 foreign workers to return to ...

Scott Rigby

Coronavirus pushing Cambodia back into poverty

Garment worker Ny Thea never expected she would be in such big trouble. Just recently she still earned about $300 (€253) per month in a clothing factory, and on top of that, she took in extra cash renting out a luxury car.  But the coronavirus pandemic ...

Expected rise of malnutrition in Kingdom

Leading global organisations and NGOs have come together to urge Cambodia to focus on children’s rights to healthy diets as rates of malnutrition are in danger of rising amid the COVID-19 (C-19) pandemic. The call was made in a joint statement from Unicef, the World Food ...

Som Kanika

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

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