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Analyses, Perspectives and Opinions

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.

 Vietnam

For three years, AFV/AAV and RLS SEA have had an excellent cooperative relationship based on transparency, equality, and mutual development.

 Germany, Vietnam

Disbelief, horror, astonishment—these days, when there are reports on the Vietnamese news about how Europe is handling the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are literally no longer able to understand the world.

 Social Justice

Poppy S. Winanti and Nanang Indra Kurniawan, researchers at the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia, argue how the extractive sector - characterized by the exploitation of natural resources - unleashed a number of serious problems for the local population: many extractive regions are plagued by conflicts, there is little direct positive impact on the local economy, and finally, extractive industries are non-renewable. To resist the increasing exploitation of natural resources, post-extractivism emerged as an economic and political strategy.

 Political Analysis, Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation

In 2018, Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand - currently with female-led governments - initiated the group of the Wellbeing Economy Governments (WEGo). This coalition seeks to transform the current capitalist economy into a wellbeing economy, where human and ecological wellbeing is prioritized.

 Social Justice, Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation

According to a UN report from last week’s Wednesday, the world struggles to protect children from the impact of climate change. Vietnamnews.vn reports that a commission of child and adolescent health experts have declared that the next generation won’t get enough protection from the impacts of carbon emissions, not even within one single country. Adequate measures, to protect children from destruction of nature and processed foods, are not taken either. Helen Clark, a co-chair of the commission has revealed: “But even of greater concern, every child worldwide faces existential threats from climate change and commercial pressures.”

 Vietnam

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Ho Chi Minh, the RLS SEA looks back on the legacy of the man who is still omnipresent in Vietnam.

 Germany, Political Analysis, Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation

Saving the Climate, not Capitalism - For a Social and Ecological System Change

By Bernd Riexinger and Lorenz Gösta Beutin

 Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation

This book compiles a handful concrete examples of efforts and practices on ecological knowledge, from activists in various spheres of civil society, to those working in institutions and the ancestral knowledge of indigenous groups, etc.

 Vietnam

For the last ten years, the office—RLS SEA—has operated regionally in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. To mark the occasion, RLS SEA organized an international conference in Hanoi on 13 May 2019 to review its collaborations and refine its approach for the coming program cycles.

 Labour, Social Justice

Domestic work has long existed not only in Vietnam but also in almost all countries in the world. Domestic workers, most of them are women, play an important role not only for the families employing them but also for the national economy and the labour market.