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RLS Southeast Asia regularly publishes political analyses and working papers on current and relevant topics from the Mekong Region. Together with our partners, we shed light on different opinions and introduce perspectives on pressing social and ecological questions and challenges. The publications are categorized according to topics and countries and can be selected using the links below.

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 Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam

 

This paper provides an introduction to the initial impacts of the corona crisis on some the most vulnerable populations across the Mekong at the end of its first year. Part one highlights uneven fortunes of different social class fractions, from low paid workers in export-oriented industries to those participating in informal economies, immigrant workers and displaced persons. These fortunes are contrasted with those of salaried workers, big firms, and investors in financial markets.

 

 Laos

This study into the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on returning migrants in the three villages of Hard- Pho, Nakham and Sinxay in Bolikhamxay Province, Laos was conducted by a group of researchers in partnership with GAPE and NPA Consulting from May to December 2020. The study aimes to gain insights into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic of these migrants regarding the socio- economic situation, their coping strategies, and to identify areas of needs for support and policy interventions.

 Social Justice, Vietnam

According to research reports from INGO and government organizations, Vietnam state budget and resources have not been adequate in meeting the needs of social care for vulnerable people. Many official documents from the government call for contributions from all stakeholders in this area of “socializing social assistance”. In fact, for the past decades, many individual charities, philanthropists, religious groups, self-help groups… have supported vulnerable people, filling this gap of social assistance.

 

 Social Justice, Vietnam

With financial support from RLS SEA – Hanoi Office, the research team assessed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the group of migrant female workers in the informal sector in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. With the desire to have a concrete and comprehensive assessment of COVID's impacts on this target group, the research team used a participatory approach with a sociological survey method to survey over 600 qualified samples and 12 case studies in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city.

 

 Social-ecological transformation

In a world facing the escalating impacts of global warming, social protection has a crucial role to play in protecting women, communities and economies from catastrophic climate impacts, and avoiding the climate poverty spiral. Social protection tools can be used to address climate-induced loss and damage, strengthen resilience, and advance development goals and human rights.

 Social Justice, Vietnam

More than 200 households in the two above-mentioned communes, tourism service companies and representatives of governmental agencies related to the tourism industry of Sa Pa town were selected to survey.

 Social Justice, Vietnam

The research study found 99% of couples had marital/domestic conflicts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to 80.9% of women reported suffering from controlling behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic; 34% experienced economic violence; the rate of women being abused psychologically and physically are 87.8% and 59% respectively. Furthermore, 25% of women were found to be victims of sexual violence.

 Political Analysis, Vietnam

In the 24 years of its existence (1919–43), the Communist International (Comintern) struggled incessantly for the rights of the proletariat and oppressed peoples of the world. In this time, it quickly became the largest globally operating revolutionary organization.

 

 Vietnam

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Library is run by the ​Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Office in Southeast Asia, Hanoi Office (RLS SEA)​. The RLS SEA Library is an office-personal library of ​700 hundred political education books and materials​.

 Political Analysis, Vietnam

800 copies of the book “Some outstanding issues of Vietnam in the first 9 months, and policy recommendations” have been printed and distributed to all National Assembly Members, and other relevant agencies in October and November 2020. The book provides NA members with overall picture of Vietnam situation in the first 9 months of 2020, with critical analysis and assessments from different perspectives. Learning from Dr. Nguyen Van Hien, president of ILS, the book has received positive feedbacks from many National Assembly members. Mr. Luu Binh Nhuong, one of NA member said that it is a valuable reference resource for him and other NA members.