In Asia, the movement towards democratization continues as some dictatorships collapse and the military retreats from formal governance while others work steadily towards this goal. There are expanding opportunities for citizen participation, and citizens' movements throughout Asia are increasingly effective. The economic crisis in the 1990s in Southeast Asia has meant that there are more openings for discussions on economic alternatives. However, the impact of this crisis, combined with continuing trends of economic liberalization, has resulted in increasing poverty. The numbers of people migrating in search of economic security continue to rise. The collapse of rural economies throughout Asia has resulted in more and more marginalized and vulnerable people.
In Asia, Inter Pares works with national NGOs in Bangladesh, India, and the Philippines. Along with a coalition of other Canadian NGOs, Inter Pares supports Burmese refugees and displaced people in Thailand, China, India, Malaysia and Bangladesh. In addition, we work with internationally focussed research and education organizations based in Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
A central part of Inter Pares' programming strategy in Asia has been to help build relationships among organizations working on similar issues across the South and Southeast Asia regions and internationally.
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