In November 2005, amidst preparations for heightening campaigns and actions across the globe in the lead up to the Hong Kong Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Focus on the Global South published a little campaign handbook called the Derailers' Guide to the WTO.
A collection of activists' perspectives from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe
Editors: Gonzalo Berrón, Jenina Joy Chavez, Cecilia Olivet and Graciela Rodríguez
Publishers: Focus on the Global South, Transnational Institute, Instituto Eqüit, People's Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms.
With Articles from current and former Focus Staffers: Meena Menon, Jenina Joy Chavez, Afsar Jafri and Dorothy Grace Guerrero.
Focus on the Global South recently undertook a series of exploratory discussions with indigenous peoples, social movements and civil society organizations in Asia to see what can be learned about the concept of “Vivir Bien” as developed in South America; how similar concepts are practiced throughout Asian societies, and whether these concepts can provide feasible alternatives to the neoliberal model. This publication is based on those discussions, which occurred in Thailand, India and the Philippines in the first months of 2013.
Available in English and Indonesian. To get the pdf, head to the download section at the bottom of the page.
The Save Agrarian Reform Alliance (SARA), a network of national farmers’ organizations, rural women, non-government organizations (NGOs) and agrarian reform beneficiaries pushing for the immediate, effective, substantive and just implementation of agrarian reform in the country, launched a series of ground consultations and survey in 2012 to assess the implementation of CARPER, and agrarian reform in general.
Focus on the Global South was able to complete a major organizational restructuring in 2012, a process which began in the last quarter of 2011. Despite the considerable administrative and programmatic limitations posed by the transition, we were able to continue making significant headway in our research and campaigning during the year, through our main thematic work areas of Defending the Commons (Land, Water & Forests); Trade & Investment; and Climate & Environmental Justice under a redefined program framework now called Whose New Asia.
On behalf of the organisers of the Conference on Water Privatisation: Learning from India and International Experiences, held on 19th March 2013 in New Delhi, we are grateful to each of you for attending and participating in this conference. We appreciate you for taking the time and effort to be here. We also thank you for your participation as well as sharing your ideas and expertise.
We are also happy to share with you the detailed report of this conference. Please do let us know if you have any comment or suggestion.
This is the Word Social Forum 2013 edition of our Focus on the Global South Newsletter. It is available in English and French.
Cambodia’s valuable iron-ore deposits in the northern district of Rovieng appear to be slated for a massive $11 billion construction deal by two Chinese companies – the largest development plan in Cambodia’s history. The companies involved in this project are Cambodia Iron & Steel Mining Industry Group and China Major Bridge Engineering, itself a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned China Railway Group.
Contents:Whose growth? Whose democracy?by Clarissa Militante
Voices from the countryside:Farmers speak of agrarian reform strugglesby Mary Ann Manahan
APECO's story: two visions of development contend in land grab caseby Jerik Cruz
Photos: Agrarian Reform Campaign and Consultations; FOCUS in Rio 20+ Meeting; FOCUS at the Asia-Europe Peoples' Forum 9, in Ventiane Laos
Defending water justice and democracy in Asia: alternatives to commercialization and privitizationby Mary Ann Manahan, Buenaventura Dargantes, Cheryl Batistel