We're Focus on the Global South, an activist think tank in Asia providing analysis & building alternatives for just social, economic & political change.
Focus on the Global South
THEMATIC PROGRAMMES
The issues we are working on
Check out our latest publications

Background

Date Posted: Wednesday, 2017 Jun 28th

Background

Date Posted: Wednesday, 2017 Jun 28th

“Enclosures have appropriately been called a revolution of the rich against the poor.”

Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation. 1944. (p. 35)         

Date Posted: Thursday, 2017 Jun 22nd

Joseph Elijah Sydney Gil and Jose Medriano III*

Banners in hand, feeling hungry but  resolute, the farmers marched from Bataan to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Quezon City. Their voices sounding tired but  marked with incredible conviction. 

Date Posted: Tuesday, 2017 Jun 06th

The imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao carries with it the probability of Martial Law being imposed in the entire Philippines.

Date Posted: Tuesday, 2017 Jun 06th

In May last year, Rodrigo Duterte was elected to the Philippines presidency, with his ascendancy to power embodying an unravelling of the discourse  that has supported the People Power Revolution of 1986.

Date Posted: Monday, 2017 Jun 05th
farmers marching for agrarian reform

Malolos, Bulacan— Around 150 farmers, women, senior citizens, and children who were part of a "Lakbayan" (march) from Bataan to Malacanang to request President Rodrigo Duterte to help get the lands awarded to them under the government's agrarian reform program were prevented from entering Bulacan like by the Malolos police at 4pm on May 30.

Date Posted: Wednesday, 2017 May 31st

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), a mega-regional free trade agreement being negotiated by the 10-member ASEAN regional bloc and its FTA partners China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand held its 18th round of talks May 2-12 in Manila, Philippines.

Date Posted: Tuesday, 2017 May 30th

In the recent[c1]  “RCEP 18th Round of Talks,” members of civil society organizations and social movements presented their positions vis-à-vis the RCEP during the official Stakeholders’ Engangement, focusing on its impacts on trade, labor,

Date Posted: Tuesday, 2017 May 30th
farmers marching for agrarian reform

Malolos, Bulacan— Around 150 farmers, women, senior citizens, and children who were part of a "Lakbayan" (march) from Bataan to Malacanang to request President Rodrigo Duterte to help get the lands

Screengrab of webinar

Civil society organizations from Indonesia, Philippines, and Europe criticized the European Union’s Multilateral Investment Court proposal as an attempt to multilateralise the investor-State disput

Rubber plantation in Southern Lao PDR

On 21 March, the International Day of Forests, 200 organisations are

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

Jakarta, December 8th: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is being negotiated in Jakarta, Indonesia this week (December 2-10)[i].

 

Press Conference

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

As the Asian Development Bank (ADB) holds its 38th Annual Governors Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on May 4-6, 2005, Focus on the Global South releases its latest publication, The ADB and Policy (Mis)governance in Asia. This dossier puts togethereleven articles, each tackling important aspects of institutional and policy governance of the Bank.

Iraq DossierThe US has always promoted its strategic and economic interests by exalting its own political and economic model of liberal democracy and market capitalism as superior to all else, and when others disagree, they readily resort to covert or overt force to make the point.

By Walden Bello

Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York
272 p, $25, Pub. Date March 4, 2005 , ISBN 0-8050-7402-3
The political and economic institutions of Washington 's global hegemony, including the system of global economic governance centered on the World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank, are analyzed in the context of what Walden Bello sees as an irreversible crisis of US power.

Iraq.incIRAQ, INC.: A PROFITABLE OCCUPATION by Pratap Chatterjee

"A powerful combination of investigative research and o­n-the-ground reporting." -Naomi Klein, author No Logo, columnist The Guardian, UK
In Iraq, Inc.: A Profitable Occupation Pratap Chatterjee, managing editor of watchdog group CorpWatch, brings us the dilapidated hospitals, looted ministries, and guarded corporate enclaves that mark the plunderous road to America's liberated Iraq. Bringing together a critical mass of evidence from major media sources with an o­n-the-ground account of the Iraq occupation business, Chatterjee presents the most complete-to-date chronicle of the exploits of private contractors hired to reconstruct and manage Iraq.

Land report

The Asia Land Meeting was an initiative born from interest expressed during two meetings: o­ne, an international meeting in Washington DC in April 2002, of a group of academics and activists working with or representing people’s organisations from throughout Asia, each involved in the struggle for land rights in their respective countries.
By Walden Bello, co-authored by Mary Lou Malig, Herbert Docena and Marissa de Guzman

 

The book the Anti-Development State: the political economy of permanent crisis in the Philippines was just released in Manila.

 

The book by Dr. Walden Bello and co authored by, Mary Lou Malig, Herbert Docena and Marissa de Guzman provides a convincing, if painful, explanation why the Philippines is mired in poverty at the beginning of the 21st century, and proposes a route out of the quagmire.

 

In October, 2003, Focus o­n the Global South, a regional program for policy research, analysis and action, in collaboration with the Poverty and Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), brought together representatives of 20 non-government and people’s organizations from 13 countries to discuss Goal 1 of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger. The main purpose of this Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum was to propose recommendations to the Committee o­n Poverty Reduction of the UNESCAP as to how countries of the regions could better achieve the goal.

WTOBy Fatoumata Jawara and Aileen Kwa

Zed Books, London. This immensely important book o­n the politics of the WTO, which takes the lid off how the WTO really works, and what really happened before, at, and after the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha in 2001, o­n the basis of interviews with 33 Geneva-based delegates to the WTO and 10 Secretariat staff members.

Pages

Statement from iDEFEND on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the Philippines

April 20, 2017

Preamble

The European Commission proposal for a multilateral mechanism to settle investor-state disputes (ISDS) – publicly branded as a Multilateral Investment Court – would take us down that second path.

Statement from iDEFEND on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the Philippines

On Tuesday night, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law on the entire Mindanao Island while on a state visit in Russia, following the fighting between the military and the Maute group.

It has to be clarified that the clashes were triggered by law enforcement operation in Marawi. This is a situation started by the government itself. Similarly, the Maute group is a local terrorist group, and not ISIS, even as the former tries to ally itself with ISIS.

 

It’s been over a year since the late afternoon on 16 April 2016 when Den Kamlae went missing on his way to collect forest items. Material evidence was later discovered between 23-25 March 2017. Today, these important materials are still under examination by forensic scientists and the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS).

On 14 March 2017, the International Day of Action for Rivers, we, the Save the Mekong Coalition along with civil society and community partners from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, make this statement to express our gratitude to the Mekong River and the way of life she supports. The Mekong is our mother river, home to unique biodiversity and a lifeline for millions of people throughout the river basin. We recognize the efforts of Mekong communities who are working to protect and preserve the unique ecosystems and resources of the river for future generations. 

 

Joint Organizations

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

Dear Friends,

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.

You may sign this statement by clicking here

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.