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Assessing the Impact of Covid on Public Education in India

This paper will explore the multifaceted challenges that the Indian public education system is being faced with as a result of schools closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will approach it from a human rights perspective. It will analyse the steps being taken by the government in public education during the pandemic, the obligations… Read more “Assessing the Impact of Covid on Public Education in India”

Right to Work: State Obligations to Protect Transgender Sex Workers in Thailand and the Philippines

This research paper aims at addressing the issues of transgender persons in sex industry with major focus on states policies and lack of State’s protection of transgender sex workers in Thailand and in the Philippines. The author argues that considering the complexity of transgender identity and sex industry, States must ensure the rights of transgender… Read more “Right to Work: State Obligations to Protect Transgender Sex Workers in Thailand and the Philippines”

Refugees in Limbo: The Implications of Australia’s Externalized Border Policies in Indonesia

The topic of immigration has a longstanding tendency to be used as a political wedge in Australia, securitized by politicians for political gains. This gave rise to the government’s hardline stance and policy towards ‘illegal’ immigration, considered to be one of the strictest in the world. Seeking to deter any boat from arriving at its… Read more “Refugees in Limbo: The Implications of Australia’s Externalized Border Policies in Indonesia”

Assessing the Suitability of Implementing South Korea’s Healthcare Model in African Developing Countries – What Should We Care About?

Since the mid-2010s, South Korea has progressively undertaken partnerships with four African countries (i.e. Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda) to share its policy experience in public healthcare. While the lessons learned in Korea may benefit partner developing countries, caution is needed to avoid the unnatural implantation of the Korean system elsewhere, in light of the… Read more “Assessing the Suitability of Implementing South Korea’s Healthcare Model in African Developing Countries – What Should We Care About?”

The State of North-East India: The Politics of Land, Migration and the Economy

India’s geographical location has played a strategic role in maintaining it’s diplomatic and economic relations with the neighbouring states. The democratic system of governance and the growing economy, have been a centre of attraction for the people to flee across the borders ever since the independence: in search of peace, stability and employment opportunities. Immigrants… Read more “The State of North-East India: The Politics of Land, Migration and the Economy”

Towards Improved Health Seeking Behaviour and Sustainable Sanitation Programmes

The use of communication tools to improve health seeking behaviour of communities has found relevance in numerous successful health and nutrition interventions around the world and hence, the need for Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) is ever-increasing in today’s policy space.A component long ignored in India’s welfare policy, SBCC can lead to inclusive policy… Read more “Towards Improved Health Seeking Behaviour and Sustainable Sanitation Programmes”

Addressing Climate Change in Vietnam: Policies and Actors

Academic studies are clear about the impacts of climate change in Vietnam. This paper attempts to act as a non-exhaustive summary of the main policies and actors in Vietnam that are currently involved in addressing its effects. First, it looks at the current policy documents that outline the government’s stance and action regarding climate change.… Read more “Addressing Climate Change in Vietnam: Policies and Actors”

How to Build an Invisible Empire: The Vast Overseas Chinese Network that Knows No Borders

In their own unique way, Chinese ethnic diasporas function as their own authentic forms of globalization. The ebbs and flows of Chinese migration over the centuries have culminated in the creation of a vast, global network of overseas Chinese. Entangled within this global network of overseas Chinese are the Hakka people. Hakka minority groups can… Read more “How to Build an Invisible Empire: The Vast Overseas Chinese Network that Knows No Borders”

Digital Literacy of Rural Women in India: A Study of Google’s “Helping Women Get Online” Initiative.

Despite the growing penetration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in developing countries including India, the benefits of such improved access are only captured by a certain segment of society equipped with digital literacy. The gender divide and urban-rural divide are among the most striking. In rural India, only 3 out of every 10 internet… Read more “Digital Literacy of Rural Women in India: A Study of Google’s “Helping Women Get Online” Initiative.”

The Bangladeshi Textile Sector: And its Not-So-Fashionable Health Implications

In the growing world of fast fashion and its ever-decreasing prices, the average consumer is too often unaware of the ‘shadow world’ of the global textile industry. Each t-shirt and each pair of jeans hanging in our local shops may indeed have a dire story to tell; potentially entailing child labor and environmental exploitation and… Read more “The Bangladeshi Textile Sector: And its Not-So-Fashionable Health Implications”