Publications

  • The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is currently being negotiated between 16 countries in the Asian region. It includes China, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other key trading nations such as Australia, South Korea, Japan and India.

  • October 2016

    Small-scale food producers rely on access to and control over natural resources such as land, including farmland, forests, grazing land and fishing grounds, for the realization of their human right to food and nutrition, their survival and livelihoods.

    However, a huge number of them face obstacles and threats to this access and control over natural resources.

  • Humanity and Nature Cover Image

    An economy is often defined as "the wealth and resources of a country or region". Few would contest that the greatest wealth and most fundamental resource for humanity is the earth on which we live; yet most do not see our environment as an economy in itself.  Conversely, nearly all contemporary economic and development models see the natural economy as a resource to be exploited (or at best managed) to serve the needs of the monetized economy.

  • As trade and investment flows rapidly increase across Southeast Asia, several countries have experienced a surge in large land deals for plantation agriculture. Against this backdrop, civil society organisations have been using a wider range of legal tools to promote public accountability in investment processes. These include scrutinising the negotiation of international treaties, challenging national legal frameworks, raising local awareness about rights, and testing approaches for local consultation and redress.

  • A meeting organised on 17th December in New Delhi, on the recently concluded Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia (3-7 December 2013), saw an analysis of the key issues and outcomes of the meeting and charting out elements of a possible agenda for broader civil society groups across the country. The event was jointly hosted by the South-South Knowledge Hub at ActionAid India, Focus on the Global South, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) and Third World Network. About 50 people participated in the meeting.

  • In late June and early July 2012, more than 1,000 student volunteers were dispatched to targeted provinces across the country, accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC), to implement Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Order 01BB.  The student volunteers were trained in basic measurement techniques, kitted out with military uniforms bearing the MLMUPC’s logo, transported by army trucks, and directed to measure land and grant land certificates to rural residents.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • This paper discusses the world’s first-ever political risk insurance policy for a forest carbon offset project, provided by the U.S. Government’s development finance agency, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). This project aims to protect 64,318 hectares of forests in Oddar Meanchey Province, in Northwest Cambodia. The paper presents the concept of OPIC's political risk insurance and describes the agency’s past and current developmental and environmental financing practices.

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