COVID-19

Refugees standing outside tents in internally displaced persons camp

Virus or Bullets: A glimpse of COVID-19 in Rakhine, West Papua, and Bangsamoro

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, conditions are particularly serious in conflict and humanitarian settings, as abuses to vulnerable communities continue. A case in point is the continuing violent conflict in Palestine where coronavirus testing centres in Palestinian security checkpoints in the West Bank were reportedly demolished by Israeli soldiers. A lesson learned from the Ebola …

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Indonesian Health Worker holding a themometer

Lessons to be Learned: Indonesia’s Progress Towards ‘Health & Well-being’ Amidst COVID-19

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number 3 – ‘Good Health and Well-being’ has unsurprisingly come under threat this year, particularly for Indonesia. Although the virus may be temporarily setting back Indonesia’s progress towards achieving this SDG in the short term, the pandemic may in fact facilitate the actualization of future policy settings mentioned …

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Surviving COVID-19: Digital Workplaces for Indonesian Enterprises

While it is apparent that governments and scientists were ill-prepared for COVID-19, neither it seems, were enterprises. ‘Digital workplaces’ in particular are now key for enterprise survival during the pandemic. Indonesian enterprises have recognized this and are catching up. The COVID-19 phenomenon has affected not only our behaviors and purchasing habits as consumers, but also …

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Alumni Legacy: From Facilitator to Front-liner, how Joshua is transforming youth roles during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Our Alumni Coordinator Danielle Stephenson interviewed Espiritu Joshua Arsenio III (Joshua), Community Development student, teacher and 2019 #AAYLF delegate about his latest work and how he’s shaping the community response to COVID-19 in the Philippines. Danielle: Tell us a bit about yourself. Joshua: I’m a teacher by profession. I work as a Student Affairs Professional …

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Appreciation and Mindfulness During Covid-19

We are all living in an unprecedented time. Humanity is facing an unimaginable challenge and many aspects of our lives are changing along the way as a result. With all the hardships and difficulties that we are all facing I want to share some of the things that I am grateful for and experiencing during this time.

Tales of COVID-19

These last few months has taken a toll on just about every single person on this planet. Avoiding thinking of the setbacks that have transpired during this time is easier said than done. But why should we focus all our energy on the negativity surrounding our inability to change the status quo?

Freedom in Uncertainty: A philosophical reflection on what’s to come

To the reader, I know you are probably sick of hearing about Covid-19, Coronavirus, Rona, ‘the virus’, and all of its namesakes to date. I am too.  But, it’s got me thinking about how we can use this time to reflect. For me, this crisis has highlighted just how bombarded we are with a barrage …

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COVID-19 outbreak: Positive response from local communities & organizations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

On 31 March 2020, President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, announced a national health emergency due to the high number of people infected by COVID-19. From an economic perspective, the situation becomes worse when businesses are forced to shut down which led several companies to stop their operational activities and lay-off/furlough their employees. A similar situation …

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