APRN Research Conference 2019 compendium

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The Research Conference 2019 compendium is finally available! The People’s Resistance in a Multipolar World: Research Case Studies on Militarization and Conflicts in Asia Pacific is a compilation of studies made by People’s Organizations across the region. It has two main sections: (a) geopolitical & geo-economic dimensions of a multipolar world, and; (b) people’s resistance […]

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Five Pillars of Development Justice 2.0

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CSOs and grassroots representatives from the Asia and the Pacific region have gathered to discuss the current state-of-play of the region in the time of COVID-19, the progress and implementation of Agenda 2030, and the peoples’ goals towards transformative and genuine change. The Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM) is holding its annual Peoples’ […]

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Regional Training of Trainers on People’s Research

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The Asia Pacific Research Network, through its project with the European Commission, encouraged participants from the Regional Training of Trainers on People’s Research (RTOT) last February 2023 to accomplish the research designs they developed during the said training. Having completed their people’s research, APRN compiled the research outputs into a compendium for publication and distribution. […]

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The corporate capture of dairy sector in Pakistan

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Presented by Wali Haider at the UNEA 5.2 | Included in the Goals 15 and Peoples Solutions Factsheets of Asia Pacific Peoples Forum on Sustainable Development Global trade policies in the world remain entrenched in neoliberalism, with the World Trade Organization (WTO) still holding a key position in implementing its imperialist trade liberalization policies. In […]

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APRN Brochure Video

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Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) is a regional network of research NGOs. Through research and knowledge-sharing, we raise the capacities of organizations to do development work. APRN serves as a network of alternative centers for people’s research on socioeconomic and geopolitical issues. Our research and advocacy focus on people’s trade agenda, development finance, democracy and […]

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[Solidarity Teaser] Education series on peoples’ resistance in South Asia

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Messages of Len Cooper, ILPS Chairperson, and organizers of the Education Series on People’s Resistance in South Asia. Join us in solidarity with the struggling people of South Asia. Initial Schedules: November 9: Webinar on South Asia: Land and People (Register at bit.ly/SouthAsiaLandandPeople )November 18: On the Human Rights Situation in South AsiaDecember 9: Imperialism […]

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[Teaser] Education series on peoples’ resistance in South Asia

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Join us! Education Series on People’s Resistance in South Asia The webinar will present major points on the economic, political and social-cultural situation of the people in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. DISCLAIMER: This video was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Asia […]

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Weaponized response of states to CoVID-19: Militarist trends in South Asia and Southeast Asia

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The global spread of CoVID-19 has caused an unprecedented global health crisis, with the number of infections and fatalities exponentially increasing each day. Governments across the world, especially in the Southeast and South Asia region have implemented strict lockdowns, along with a mass deployment of troops and armed forces among urban and rural communities. Such […]

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How the COVID-19 response loans of the Asian Development Bank aggravate chronic crises in the Asia-Pacific region

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Updated: August 2023 Economic response for whom? Even before the pandemic, the majority of these countries were already reeling from the impact of neoliberal policies that have been imposed mostly through the conditionalities of international financial institutions (IFIs). After decades of implementation, it has been proven that so-called push buttons for development and global competitiveness […]

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[Resist and Rebuild Ep 2] Government’s ineffective pandemic response, India

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The APRN Program on Building Democracy and Claiming Civic Spaces through its Workstream on Militarism and Program on Communities that Resist and Rebuild present the second episode of the APRN RnR video advocacy series. This is a series of videos aimed to discuss specific topics and issues CSOs face in the context of shrinking spaces. […]

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[TEASER] Contagion and Conflicts: Rising repression and conflicts in the time of the pandemic

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The Asia Pacific Research Network, together with the International League of Peoples Struggles (ILPS), shall be launching a webinar/discussion entitled “Contagion and Conflicts: Rising repression and conflicts in the time of the pandemic”. The webinar shall discuss the rise of conflicts and the growing tensions within the Asia-Pacific region due to the unbridled emergence of […]

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[DID YOU KNOW] Sesan Dam

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The dam was first proposed by Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the 1990s to promote Cambodia’s hydropower potential, but dropped off when their 1999 report found the dam’s potential repercussions outweighed the benefits. But the Cambodian government in 2007 proceeded with the project with the support of Vietnam’s EVN International Joint Stock Company. In 2012, […]

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[DID YOU KNOW] Chico Dam

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The World Bank funded Chico Dam Project in 1965 was the Marcos dictatorship’s answer to the oil and power crisis of 1973. It threatened to displace 100,000 people, deluge sacred burial grounds and rice terraces. Different tribes united and rose against the dam and militarization it brought. The death of leader Macli-ing Dulag in 1980 […]

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[DID YOU KNOW] Bakun Dam | Sarawak, Malaysia

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As being one of the biggest in Southeast Asian region, did you know that Bakun dam is an inundated 700 sq. kilometers of forest and farms in Sarawak region in Malaysia? Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), together with the International Indigenous People’s Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), Asia Pacific Network of Environment Defenders (APNED) […]

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[DID YOU KNOW] Mapithel Dam

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The Mapithel Dam choked the Thoubal River ruining the environment, livelihood and culture of Indigenous Peoples living in the Mapithel Valley. For residents of submerged villages, Mapithel is the symbol of injustice. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) worked in financing its infrastructure and privatizing its water supply. Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), together with […]

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[Resist and Rebuild Ep 1] Peoples’ resistance in the time of Covid-19, Philippines

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The APRN Program on Building Democracy and Claiming Civic Spaces through its Workstream on Militarism and Program on Communities that Resist and Rebuild present the launch of the APRN RnR video advocacy series. This is a series of videos aimed to discuss specific topics and issues CSOs face in the context of shrinking spaces. The […]

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In defense of investments: US hegemony in Asia Pacific

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American independence has been based on the enslavement of Native Americans and peoples of color domestically; the primacy of neoliberal globalization clothed with the tenets of liberal democracy; and, its foreign policy of imposing unfair trade relations and flexing its military power to maintain global hegemony. The rise of US military dominance after World War […]

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Wages, poverty, and health in the time of Covid-19: Focus on Southeast Asia

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As we continue to struggle against one of the most recent global crises in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, workers continue to sacrifice their health and safety in exchange for livelihood. Government policies and big businesses are pushing forward and demanding immediate normalcy status, putting workers at a high risk of infection, all while […]

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Human rights violations in Asia amid the pandemic

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Since the unprecedented lockdowns precipitated by the efforts to stop the spread of CoVID-19, governments have passed draconian laws restricting not only movement but also freedom of information. Worse, these laws are being used as a pre-text to silence and arrest regime critics. APRN believes that people’s rights should remain the fulcrum of pandemic response.

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Discussion paper on Kashmir

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Updated: October 2023 Kashmir is a land-locked region in South Asia found between the borders of India, Pakistan,and China. The region is enveloped by the Himalayas, with the Indus River and its tributaries flowingacross its land. It intersects South Asia (India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan) and East Asia (China)—which gives it great geopolitical importance. Due to […]

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Case studies on the implementation of CSO commitments in the Nairobi Outcome document

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This book contains five studies aimed at providing insights on how civil society organizations are fulfilling their commitments contained in the Nairobi Outcome Document at the country level. Published by APRN and the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), this book showcases the experiences of CSOs in Bolivia, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

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Primer on the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group

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On the run up to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, APRN releases this primer to give an in-depth analysis of IMF and WBG’s role in shaping the neoliberal framework of global development, and how it seeks to push this narrative further amidst an imminent financial crisis, soaring […]

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Mega-FTAs and its implications on Asian workers

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“The consequences of mega-FTAs on trade, labor and employment is much shown in many developing countries where, in order to maintain competitiveness, must adhere to “lowest common denominator rules” rather than meeting the highest possible standards. Recent developments in trade liberalization have permitted monopoly capitalists to dictate the cheapest value of labor and other production facilities, thereby disregarding decent standards, to accumulate bigger profit.”

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