Who we work with in Asia
Focus on the Global South, based in Thailand, links policy analysis and advocacy on regional and global issues with community-based development initiatives. Focus provides alternative information and generates debate on global economics, placing human security, sustainable development and democratic governance at the centre of economic development.
Malaysia-based Pesticide Action Network - Asia and the Pacific (PAN - AP) is linked to more than 150 groups in 18 countries throughout the region. PAN - AP acts to protect the health and safety of people and the environment from pesticide use and genetic engineering in food and agriculture, and strengthens people's movements to defend their right to food sovereignty.
Third World Network (TWN) in Malaysia generates knowledge and activism on international trade policies and global economics, monitors global economic and social trends, and contributes to the capacity of local organizations in policy advocacy activities.
The Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) promotes environmental justice and advocates for improved environmental laws and policies. BELA assists marginalized people through environmental education and legal assistance, provides training to governmental officials on environmental themes, and takes on precedent-setting legal cases.
Nijera Kori is a peasants' association involved in organizing and supporting landless groups of women and men gain access to livelihood resources. Nijera Kori has played a leading role in Bangladesh in addressing the social and environmental impacts of shrimp aquaculture and the need for coastal resource management and land use planning.
The Arakan Project is a regional research and advocacy organization. They work to raise international awareness on the situation along the Bangladesh-Burma border and promote protection for refugees in Bangladesh.
The Back Pack Health Workers Team is a multi-ethnic organization of mobile medical teams that provide primary health care, medical relief and health education services to internally displaced people within Burma. In 2010, the eighty-one backpack teams provided healthcare to a target population of over 180,000 displaced people.
The Burma Relief Centre (BRC), based in Thailand, is involved in capacity-building with Burmese organizations, particularly focussing on women’s rights, media, community development, food relief and human rights and environment. A major focus of BRC's work has been to support intersectoral and multiethnic activities.
The Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) works to protect and promote the rights of the Chin people of Burma. CHRO raises awareness and builds solidarity on the violation of the rights of women and children, forced labour, political suppression, racial discrimination and religious persecution committed by the Burmese military regime.
The Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) is involved in the collection and dissemination of human rights information about what is happening to people inside Burma, especially in Karen State. KHRG has played a key role in providing reliable information to governments and the UN system about human rights in Burma.
Formed in 1949, the Karen Women's Organization (KWO) has a membership of over 49,000 members including internally displaced women inside Burma, and the refugee camps along the border. KWO is a community-based organization of Karen women working in development and relief that focuses its work on social welfare, encouraging an awareness of women's rights and promoting women's participation in politics.
The Mae Tao Clinic, headquartered in Mae Sot, Thailand, was established by Dr. Cynthia Maung, herself a Burmese refugee. The clinic provides a range of health services for refugees, migrant workers, and other individuals. The clinic is also a major training centre for health care providers.
The Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) is an NGO consortium supported by governments and international NGOs to provide humanitarian assistance to Burmese refugees along the Thai-Burma border. TBBC’s programs are implemented through partnerships with camp-based refugee committees, community-based organizations and local groups. It also engages in research into the root causes of displacement and refugee outflows.
The Women's League of Burma (WLB) is an umbrella women's coalition with member organizations from different ethnic backgrounds. Established in December of 1999, the WLB works to increase the participation of women of Burma in the struggle for democracy and human rights, to build mutual understanding among all nationals, to participate in the national reconciliation and development processes, and to enhance the role of the women both at national and international levels.
The Deccan Development Society is a two-decade old grassroots organization working with women's groups in about 75 villages in Andhra Pradesh, India. The 5,000 women members of DDS have developed community-based food sovereignty systems based on local knowledge, including grain and seed banks. They have formed a community media trust, and regularly undertake policy advocacy on key issues of concern, such as genetic engineering. DDS also coordinates a network of civil society organizations in southern India, Southern Action on Genetic Engineering, which engages in educational and advocacy activities related to genetic engineering in agriculture. They also initiated the Millet Network of India that now serves to promote biodiverse millet-based agriculture throughout the country.
The Other Media, a human rights organization based in Delhi, is involved in civil society initiatives, campaigns and advocacy, and research and documentation. They work with and support struggle-based people's organizations working on life and livelihood issues, civil liberty and democratic rights issues, state-induced human rights violations, and development-induced displacement. TOM maintains a refugee desk, which provides social and legal services to asylum-seekers from Burma and raises awareness of Burmese refugee issues amongst Indian civil society organizations and movements.
Alternative Forum for Research in Mindanao (AFRIM) carries out research, training, public education, and advocacy related to development issues faced by marginalized people in Mindanao. AFRIM works with local organizations to promote sustainable natural resource management, alternative approaches to food security and local economic development. It provides links to other organizations throughout the south-east Asian region working on similar issues.
Likhaan is a national women's health organization that develops alternative, community-based primary health programs in impoverished urban and rural communities, with a particular emphasis on women's reproductive health, and that advocates at the national and international levels for changes in health policy.
|Reviewed July 15, 2011||Publishing Policies|