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Global

Coronavirus and the Poor: The High Socioeconomic Cost of Social Distancing

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

There is an opportunity to redesign health policies with the same broad goals for everyone but with a country or area-specific methodology of planning and execution.

China

The Urban Ethics of Covid-19

Thursday, April 16, 2020

In our well-intentioned efforts to counter the Covid-19 crisis, we face ethical dilemmas, and will invariably be constrained by the existing conditions of urban design.

Global

The Bioethics of Covid-19: Should Governments Let the Virus Run its Course?

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

2017 AsiaGlobal Fellow and bioethics expert Florencia Daud urges authorities to pursue a more focused approach to protect the most vulnerable.

South Asia

Living in Lockdown: Learning from the Kashmir Experience

Thursday, March 26, 2020

How have Kashmiris endured multiple lockdowns over the past 30 years? Physician and AsiaGlobal Fellow Amit Wanchoo offers practical advice on living through a crisis.

Global

Interest Rate Cuts to Fight Coronavirus Impact Will Worsen Inequality

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Such interventions only serve to worsen wealth inequality and, as a result, could fuel anti-globalization sentiment.

China

Charity Scandals – or Public Welfare Failure?

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Wu Huayan has become a symbol of the failure of many institutions in China, including multiple government health and welfare bodies and some large charities.

China

Taiwan’s Elections Highlight a Generation Gap

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Taiwan elections revealed a wide generation gap among voters. A reason for this gulf is the use of social media and different perspectives on divisive social issues.

China

Shaping the Political Narrative of Hong Kong’s Opposition Movement

Thursday, December 26, 2019

What has kept the Hong Kong protests going? 2019 AsiaGlobal Fellow Massimiliano Santini believes it's all about political narrative.

Global

How the UN Compact on Refugees Can Address the Rohingya Crisis

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Time to assess the international community's response to the dramatic increase of forced migrants: Rohingya refugee children attend class in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Global

AI and Emotions: The Next Frontier in the Social Sector

Thursday, November 7, 2019

What happens when the Fourth Industrial Revolution collides with the need and desire to improve the state of the world?

Global

AI and the Disruption of Social Sectors

Thursday, November 7, 2019

With technology advancing rapidly, new applications are disrupting many sectors by solving problems that were impossible or too time-consuming to handle before.

Global

Big Picture, Small Scale: Systems Thinking on the Ground

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Tackling development challenges such as climate change and ageing demographics requires an understanding of the many different factors contributing to the problem. Global solutions are not always the answer – local approaches combined with systems thinking can prove more effective, writes veteran management consultant Arun Maira, Chairman of HelpAge International, a global NGO aimed at helping the elderly lead dignified lives.

Asia Pacific

How New Rules Aim to Reduce Slave Labor in Asia

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The complex nature of global supply chains means that using exploitative labor at any stage, even indirectly, may harm a company's brand and risk legal liability. Consumers do not want to be associated with trafficked workers and will shun goods produced with slave labor. Nations are passing laws to address this problem. Mandatory reporting of anti-slavery actions may provide some protection for both businesses and workers.

Asia Pacific

How Social Enterprises Can Serve Asia’s Underserved

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Why are mobile phones and bottles of Coca-Cola available in even the most remote parts of Asia, but reliable essential services, such as drinking water, electricity, and clean cooking fuels, are not? More inclusive and effective basic service delivery models are needed to benefit the poor, and the social enterprise sector may hold the key.

China

Challenges of Dispatch Work in China

Thursday, March 21, 2019

As China embraces the digital economy, subcontracting—the practice of using intermediaries to contract workers, whether through agencies or other multilayered contracting—is raising new challenges over legal protections and corporate responsibility, as well as labor unrest.

ASEAN

Reckoning with Graying Asia

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Asia-Pacific population has been undergoing dramatic aging, which is transforming the region’s demographic landscape beyond recognition. The region is currently ill-equipped to meet this critical challenge, particularly due to a lack of sound and efficient pension systems.

Global

DNA and the Globalization of Humanity

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Two questions that have occupied the human mind since the beginning of civilization are “Who am I?” and “Where did I come from?” Today, with just a swab of saliva, millions of people worldwide have been able to take a peek into their genetic past, thanks to DNA testing. In most cases, such testing reveals a complex global and regional circulation of bloodlines.

China

Personal Business: Why Nigerian Traders Travel to China

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The internet has taken much of the human interaction out of international trade. But many commercial buyers continue to emphasize face-to-face communication with sellers.