Manila--Around 500 activists from the Philippines and around Asia held a protest action, 21 April 2017, at the Asian Development Bank in Manila calling for an end to ADB immunity.

The protestors marched on Metro Manila's main highway, EDSA, to the ADB headquarters where a short program ensued in the presence of a phalanx of riot policemen.

ADB protest

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?


Our Executive Director, Shalmali Guttal, was in Australia earlier this month and gave a talk at the Addison Road Community Centre in Sydney about neoliberalism, how it manifests in Asia, and how people are mobilising to challenge it. You can read her talk below, or listen to parts of it on 3CR Community Radio.


Bangkok, 21 July 2016 – Dr. Walden Bello, a former member of the Philippine Congress who sponsored the House of Representatives resolution renaming the South China Sea the West Philippine Sea, led a discussion on the recent Hague tribunal judgment on conflicting claims in the South China Sea this morning at Chulalongkorn University. He expressed the need for a two-pronged approach involving both military de-escalation and multilateral agreements.

Speaker: Dr. Walden Bello

Date and time: Thursday July 21, 2016, 10am- 1pm

Location: Jacques Amyot Room, 4th floor, Wisit Prachuabmoh Building, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (building C93 on the map)

Co- organized by: Focus on the Global South, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute

Below is a letter from our Chairman, Surichai Wun'Gaeo:

1 June 2015

Dear all,

As many of you will have heard by now, we are sadly bidding farewell to Pablo Solon, who has been the Executive Director of Focus on the Global South since April 2012.  We at Chula, CUSRI and the region have benefited greatly from his presence.  Pablo will be returning to Bolivia at the end of May, but will continue to work on the same issues, so our paths will no doubt continue to cross.


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