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Soda and pork intestines: When COVID-19 relief operations miss the mark

As a developing country with one of the highest cases of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia, relief operations in the Philippines are seen to be a lifesaving act to people in need. Unfortunately, some relief operations have been poorly allocated, abused by beneficiaries, and hindered by asymmetrical coordination between different actors. Primitivo III “Prime” Cabanes Ragandang explores.

Powering ASEAN-Australia’s Digital Economy: Towards a fully-charged digital region.

The digital economy has great power to transform the ASEAN region and to super-charge regional growth, however, it is important not to chase the possibility of rapid economic growth at the expense of inclusivity, safety and sustainability. Artificial Intelligence (AI). Machine Learning (ML). Internet of Things (IoT). These technology buzzwords are increasingly used in business …

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US-China Trade War: Not the Endgame for ASEAN and Australia

A summary of the US-China trade war and an exploration of the future possibilities for ASEAN and Australia. By: Andrea Chan “War does not determine who is right – only who is left.” – Bertrand Russell It’s the battle of the ages in Avengers: Endgame, the fight against Thanos, a superhuman Titan mutant, who threatens …

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Make the Pledge: what can youth do to tackle poverty and health?

Our Youth & the SDGs mini series author Leonie Nahhas takes a thought provoking look at how youth can challenge the impacts of poverty and poor health and wellbeing. MAKE THE PLEDGE ‘No-one will be left behind’ is the pledge we have taken as global citizens in response to the United Nations 2030 Agenda and …

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Indonesia’s double burden

Joseph Cruickshank When the BBC released an article titled, “Indonesia’s Papua Province children starving in a land of gold”, it could be said the area of focus was too limited. Across the resource-rich archipelago, increases of economic growth and income have not been enough to lessen Indonesia’s malnutrition crisis. A 2013 World Bank report indicated that …

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Masy Solar lights: the way for rural communities to adopt renewable technology

Masy Solar is a humanitarian engineering project that aims to bring solar lights to the thousands of families who need it the most – poor and vulnerable households across rural communities in the Philippines. The grassroots organisation fosters community ownership of an inclusive solar energy program by empowering families, especially women and youths, with leadership and …

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ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation – What is it?

AASYP Founder and International Relations Honours student Hayley Winchcombe spent 13 months in Southeast Asia as the inaugural New Colombo Plan ASEAN Fellow 2018. During an internship with the Australian Mission to ASEAN, Hayley spent a week with the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II). What is ASEAN actually doing? Why should we …

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