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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

Corona Crisis in the Mekong: From Extractive Imperialism to a New Bloom


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.


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Impacts of the covid-19 pandemic on returning migrants in three villages of Hard-pho, Nakham and Sinxay, Bolikhamxay Province, Lao PDR

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.

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 Social Justice, Vietnam

Needs of re-structuring organizational and finance management capacity in organizations supporting vulnerable people in the time of Post Covid-19 - South 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.


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 Social Justice, Vietnam

The Impact of Covid on Social Security Issues of Female Migrant

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.


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 Social-ecological transformation

Avoiding The Climate Poverty Spiral: Social protection to address climate-induced loss & damage

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.

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 Social Justice, Vietnam

The impact of the Covid-19 epidemic on ethnic minorities working in tourism - The case of H’Mong and Dao people in Sa Pa

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.

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 Social Justice, Vietnam

Findings From A Research Study On The Impact of COVID-19 On Domestic Violence Against Women In Hanoi, 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.

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 Political Analysis, Vietnam

Fighting for National Liberation

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.


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