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Community Organizations Focus on the Global South
Focus on the Global South
Focus on the Global South
Civil Society Organization


Focus on the Global South was established in 1995 to challenge neoliberalism, militarism and corporate-driven globalisation while strengthening just and equitable alternatives.  We work in solidarity with the Global South - the great majority of humanity that is marginalized and dispossessed by globalisation – believing that progressive social change and Global South solidarity are imperative if the needs and aspirations of oppressed peoples, particularly in Asia, Latin America and Africa, are to be met.

Focus has the capacity and experience to convene a broad spectrum of progressive social forces around ideas and processes. We have a history of bringing together diverse actors – from government through to social movements, from North and South -- to share and deepen analysis of emerging power patterns and new experiences of social transformation as the basis for broad collective mobilization for democratic change.  We were at the forefront of the struggles that brought forth the World Social Forum, derailed the World Trade Organization, and brought forth alternative visions through our deglobalisation paradigm.

We have used many different approaches including research and analytical writing, debates, seminars and conferences, education and study programs, network building, international solidarity and fact-finding missions, direct action and parliamentary testimonials, social forums, joint campaigns and media.

While adhering to our key principles, Focus has responded to the rapidly changing political landscape: in the first phase of globalization we provided a strong critique of neoliberalism; as the global justice movement emerged, Focus connected Asian movements and realities with the global context; now we are updating our deglobalization paradigm to better address the climate crisis.



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Keeping Land Local - Reclaiming Governance from the Market

Reports & Research
Septembre, 2014

This report covers much of SE Asia, with specific references to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Myanmar....."...In Myanmar, the ceasefire negotiations and move
toward democracy have opened the door to a
virtual gold rush for foreign investors, posing new
threats to the country’s rural populations in the
guise of economic development. On March 30,
2012, the Parliament approved the Farmland Law
and Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Lands Management Law, which are designed to encourage large-scale
agricultural investment and retain the government’s

Moving Forward: Study on the Impacts of the Implementation of Order 01BB in Selected Communities in Rural Cambodia

Reports & Research
Décembre, 2013

In late June and early July 2012, more than 1,000 student volunteers were dispatched to targeted provinces across the country, accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC), to implement Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Order 01BB. The student volunteers were trained in basic measurement techniques, kitted out with military uniforms bearing the MLMUPC’s logo, transported by army trucks, and directed to measure land and grant land certificates to rural residents.

Land and natural resource alienation in Cambodia

Policy Papers & Briefs
Décembre, 2006

Land is the repository of memory and keeps traces of the past in the absence of a strong written tradition. It is perceived as an open book from which anyone can read and learn about local history: place names, old roads, legends and stories attached to places. For local people, bulldozing the landscape is seen as erasing their history, and disturbing social organisations and traditions.[1] In Cambodia--as in many other countries--land is an extremely important economic resource and asset. Land is livelihood.