Our Library

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.

Active categories:
  • Social Justice
  • Vietnam

 Social Justice, Vietnam

The impact of the COVID lockdown on the rights of migrants with disabilities in Ho Chi Minh City

Although the impact of the Covid pandemic on people with disabilities has become the main concern of advocates for the rights of people with disabilities, there exists limited research on migrants with disabilities in big cities of Vietnam.

Read more …

 Social Justice, Vietnam

Food sovereignty: International experience and practice to ethnic minorities farmers in Vietnam

Over the past two decades, the concept of "Food Sovereignty" has been increasingly mentioned and has become an important topic in international discussions related to food security and development. However, in Vietnam, food sovereignty is still a new concept, it has rarely been known and hasn’t been used in any executive documents, programs, or policies of the Party or the Government.

Read more …

 Social Justice, Vietnam

Research on the impact of COVID-19 on the issue of Social security of women migrant workers in the informal sector in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city after the 2nd and 4th outbreaks

From the analyses, judgment, and the result of the surveying rounds, the research team put forward some recommendations and experiences, contributing to better quality and implementation of social security policies for marginalized groups, improving the medical and social security support system in the context of a pandemic and other emergency situations.

Read more …

 Social Justice, Vietnam

Impact on Workers in Vietnam's Apparel and Footwear Sectors

The study aims to document the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on female migrant workers in Vietnam’s apparel and footwear industries over a period of six months, from February to July 2020, focusing on: (i) economic impacts (employment, income); (ii) health impacts (access to health services, healthcare, and infection prevention); and (iii) social impacts (constraints on families and individuals; need for future support).

Read more …

 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.

 

Read more …

 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.

 

Read more …

 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.

Read more …

 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.

Read more …

 Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam

The Relation Between Health Inequality And Low Health Utilization: The Case Of Vietnam

Vietnam is known for its remarkable economic and human development in the last 30 years. From one of the poorest nations in the world, the country successfully transformed to a lower-to-middle income country in 2010. Besides economic growth, Vietnam has also witnessed impressive human development as the country’s Human Development Index (HDI) value increased by 45.9 percent between 1990 and 2018 (UNDP, 2019). However, despite the huge and stable growth in the economy and human development, the country records low utilization of health services, especially among poor demographics. This study examines the impacts of health inequalities, political, economic, and social determinants on health utilization.

 

Read more …

 Social Justice, Vietnam

Sexual violence in Vietnam: Issue of the present but rooted from the past

Talking about sexual violence, in general, is always a sensitive and hard-to-say topic. That is especially true in Vietnam. Data about sexual abuse is poor and primarily from qualitative research. The most recent national survey on violence against women reported 13 percent of married women experienced sexual violence from their husbands. A study of 2000 women and girls in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh city in 2015 shows that 87 percent of women and girls suffer from sexual harassment in public places.  Starting with an assumption that sexual abuse emerged as a product of socio-cultural and historical progress, we sat down with Dr. Khuat Thu Hong - an expert with 40-year experience in this field, to explore its root causes. The interview also examines the responses of different actors to sexuality-related conflicts and reveals obstacles to the absent widespread of the #Metoo debate in Vietnam.
 

 

Read more …