22 February 2017, Manila, Philippines - Civil society and grassroots organizations from across Asia gathered in Manila for a two-day strategy meeting, February 21 and 22, to discuss a global campaign against inequality. Calling themselves the Fight Inequality Alliance, the group believes that a global movement is what it’s going to take to address and fight inequality, which has reached extreme proportions in this century, and has created devastating impacts on communities and countries, and on the climate.
Focus on the Global South – Philippines joined human rights advocates and other civil society organizations in the country, as well as from other parts of the globe who have expressed support for the campaign, in resisting the death penalty bill via a picket held on Valentine's day at the South Gate of the House of Representatives where lawmakers entered and exited in their posh cars. The action was led by the broad coalition of organizations defending human rights, the iDefend (In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity).
MAKATI CITY, Philippines – On Valentine’s Day, around 100 members of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum 2017-Philippines National Organizing Committee (NOC) wearing red shirts marched to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to deliver the Philippine CSOs’ position and demands on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
The recent investment arbitral decision on the Baagerwerken Decloedt En Zoon (BDZ) versus the Philippines case in favor of the Belgian corporation should be a wake up call to the Duterte administration on the dangers posed by free trade and investment agreements to our national interest.
By Niabdulghafar Tohming and Matt Davidson
Prior to the arrival of tourists in the peak season of tourism which starts around November – December, Sea gypsies, or what Thais and foreigners call “Chao Le”, from coastal areas of the southern region of Thailand, travel and gather for their annual assembly called “Ngan Ruam Yat Chao Le”—the Assembly of the Sea Gypsies.
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From 21-25 November 2016, about 50 people, involved in struggles to defend the territories, forests and livelihoods of forest-dependent communities, came together in Thailand for a field visit to the Northeast of the country, followed by a 3-days meeting in Bangkok. Besides a delegation from Thailand, other participants came from Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and India.
Ever since the integration of India's peasants into global agri-food markets, their livelihoods have become at risk. In this globalized food system where large corporations rule, small-scale farming is not economically viable because global economic rules are against it. For example, the World Bank's Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP), and the World Trade Organization (WTO) brand of trade liberalization had forced India to open its agricultural markets to foreign agribusiness. Unlike Indian farmers, agribusiness companies receive massive subsidies in Industrial countries like the US.
Manila, 16 January 2017:
One day after the launching of the Philippine Government’s Chairship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Davao City, more than 100 members of the newly-formed national organizing committee of the 2017 ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF 2017) trooped to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. The civil society network engaging ASEAN delivered to the Philippine Government its collective statement reflecting people’s aspirations for ASEAN.
12 January 2017
The city of Bangkok is undergoing massive change and development, from the closing of street markets to the planning of large infrastructural projects in an effort to beautify, clear and “reclaim” the city’s streets “for the people”. As part of her internship with Focus on the Global South in Bangkok, Emma Finn researched and assessed these rapid developments. In her report below she asks, development for whom? And what are the implications for the urban poor?
22 February 2017, Manila, Philippines - Civil society and grassroots organizations from across Asia gathered in Manila for a two-day strategy meeting, February 21 and 22, to discuss a global campai
Manila, 16 January 2017:
Jakarta, December 8th: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is being negotiated in Jakarta, Indonesia this week (December 2-10)[i].
Organised by: The Sombath Initiative
11am, Wednesday 31 August, 2016, Bangkok
More than 80 participants representing trade unions, farming communities, indigenous peoples, health networks, women’s organisations, academia and civil society organizations met on 27-28 July in K
Amsterdam/Manila, May 24 2016 – As the first round of negotiations of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and the EU commences in Brussels, a new report warns that it endangers eff
The first round of negotiations for an EU-Philippines Free Trade Agreement will commence next week (May 23-27) in Brussels, Belgium.
As member countries of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nations’ specialised aviation
Our analysis, and that of many communities and organisations across Asia, is that the CDM is an extension of the generalised approach to big project and energy intensive development that has systematically marginalised indigenous peoples and local communities and over- exploited the Earth.
Climate finance is a key element of a global agreement to address the impacts of climate change. Billions of dollars will flow to developing countries and it is essential that this money goes to meeting the needs of those most vulnerable to these devastating impacts and is not lost to corruption and poor governance. It is also important to recognise that the amounts of funding, the number
Our Vision for 2012-2014
The emblematic centrepiece of Focus work will be Whose New Asia? Understanding the political, economic, social and ecological challenges of the New Asia; building resistances, alternatives and solidarity
SPECIAL ISSUE ON GREECE
This paper is an attempt to collate and integrate field experiences, on-the-ground consultations and published materials from official and alternative sources that delved into: 1) the possibility of having “water for all” (for human use)—from source to tap, and; 2) the initiatives and activities that have been undertaken to achieve this.
Asia is home to immense natural and productive resources such as land, water, forests and a diverse natural environment. It is a region of tremendous wealth, modern cities, industrial capacity and growing urban centers, especially with China and India rising as economic powers.
Year 2011 was the nal year of 2009 – 2011 program work plans. is report looks at the work of Focus on the Global South in the year just passed, but it also contextualizes this work as part of all e orts and initiatives during the three-year program cycle.
The Overseas Aid and Agrarian Reform Working Papers Series is a joint research initiative and publication of the Belgian Alliance of North-South Movements (11.11.11) and the Focus on the Global South-Philippines. Activist researchers from various non-governmental research institutions have come together to carry out this collective undertaking.
Our October highlights have to do with agriculture, food, land issues, climate change, rural women, agrarian reform--all things interconnected. Find out in our write-up on World Food day why almost a billion people had no reason to celebrate this occasion; get new information and insights into what's happening with peoples and communities affected by Clean Development Mechanism projects--has the mechanism really worked and for whom? This was taken up, and more, during the recent workshop that Focus on the Global South co-organized with CDM watch in heavily flooded Bangkok--it seems like nature also had a strong message to send to the organizers and participants of the workshop. Listen to and watch the interesting, in most parts passionate (can't expect anything less with activist women), exchanges during a forum on the state of Filipino women, in particular about rural women. Now, apart from the paper on CARPER we recently published through Focus Policy Review, you can also watch the discussions and dialogue during the forum on CARPER. And in relation to CARPER, a new broad coalition has been forged to strongly push the P-Noy's government to implement agrarian reform, specifically to do something about the Hacienda Luisita debacle
On World Food Day, it is estimated that almost a billion people around the world are now suffering from hunger and malnutrition - a dramatic rise in number since the soaring food prices over the last three years. Of these, about half are estimated to live in smallholder farming households, while roughly two-tenths are landless, another tenth are pastoralists, fisherfolk, and forest users, and the remainder live in the cities. This crisis of world hunger is set to deepen as livelihood resources such as land and water continue to be transferred from such groups to the financially powerful in ever larger areas and longer timeframes.
EU-PHILIPPINES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT: A PRO-CORPORATE TRADE DEAL THAT WILL THREATEN PEOPLES RIGHTS AND WELFARE
We the “People Go Network Forum” comprised of villagers, community based organizations, peasants, academia, nongovernmental organizations, labors, media, students, the self-employed from 109 organizations are here to review the situations in Thailand in the aftermath of the coup, espe
Event: 9 November, 1-4pm, PRRM
[Event Invitation] The Hague Tribunal Judgment on Conflicting Claims in the South China Sea: Implications for the Philippines, China, the United States, and ASEAN
Speaker: Dr. Walden Bello
Date and time: Thursday July 21, 2016, 10am- 1pm
July 11, 2016 - We, the undersigned Cambodian civil society groups, are outraged at the brutal murder of independent political analyst and grassroots organiser Kem Ley yesterday morning, and call for a prompt, thorough and independent inquiry into his death.
Kem Ley, 46, was shot twice, in his chest and his head, in a heavily-frequented Caltex petrol station cafe in central Phnom Penh shortly before 9.00 on Sunday morning.
Secretariat: c/o NFBM #1066-B, Emerald St., Taglesville Subd., Balanga City, Bataan
5th July 2016
5th July 2016
Translated from Filipino
Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) strongly condemns the treacherous murder of our comrade Gloria Capitan of Mariveles, Bataan!
Labor Day statement of Independent Senatorial Candidate Walden Bello
Today, I march side by side with our workers to affirm their struggle for labor rights and continue the fight for dignity for our working class.
Labor day is a celebration of what the labor movement has won over decades of struggle.
Not many people know this but the fact that it is illegal to force workers to work for more than 8 hours and that they have to be paid more if they work beyond that is something that workers—through collective action—achieved.
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Suffering the brunt of the ongoing El Nino, more than 6 thousand farmers converged along a national highway in Kidapawan in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines on March 30 to demand 15,000 sacks of rice and financial subsidy promised to them six months earlier by the provincial government. They urgently need this assistance to tide them over until they are able to plant and harvest rice again.