Southeast Asia and Pacific
Laos/Vietnam

Forests are the world’s green lungs

KfW supports jungle areas in Laos and Vietnam, as these are carbon reservoirs and habitats for many endangered species

Relevant reading

In promotion of small businesses, prioritise social capital

Indonesian economist says social infrastructure is more important than hard infrastructure

Disabilities

Indonesia’s information gap affecting the disabled

For disabled people in Indonesia, getting access to reliable health information, including on Covid-19, is a particular challenge

Elections

In May, Filipino democracy may heal – or die

Why Marcos Jr. is amazingly unqualified to serve as president of the Philippines

Journalism

Brave Filipina fighting for the factual truth

The independent website Rappler has become an indispensable source of information in the Philippines

Civil liberties

Duterte’s dreadful human-rights record

Human-rights abuses and extrajudicial killings have become common in the Philippines

Indian Ocean

Indigenous communities at risk

Tribal cultures and languages are disappearing from Andamans and Nicobars

Discrimination

Indonesia’s history of othering

Suharto’s authoritarian rule made life hard for Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese

Discrimination

Indonesia’s ethnic resentments

In spite of legal protections, Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese still face discrimination

Military coup

Where hope lies

The military coup is a major setback for democracy in Myanmar

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Sustainability

The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to transform economies in an environmentally sound manner, leaving no one behind.