Bangkok Office

The Southeast Asia Regional Office, Bangkok

The Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs) established early co-operations with Southeast Asian partner organizations at the beginning of the 1990s. In February 2000, hbs opened a local presence in Southeast Asia with an independent regional office in Chiang Mai. After over ten successful years in Northern Thailand, the hbs Southeast Asia Regional office moved to Bangkok in mid-2010.

How the globalization and ASEAN integration influence the lives of the local people is the main concern of the hbs Southeast Asia Regional Office. The start of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of 2015 bears the inherent risk of a sell-off of public goods, the further destruction of ecosystems and of putting stress on democratic participation in decision making processes in the ten Southeast Asian countries. In that context the hbs Southeast Asia Regional Office observes trends like the effects of transboundary labor migration, consequences of investment flows and infrastructure projects for the living conditions of rural and indigenous communities as well as changing spaces for civil society in Southeast Asia. Working with regional partner organizations and other hbs country offices in Asia we support projects, debates and consultation processes on these topics. Furthermore, we work with partner organizations on strengthening freedom of expression and opinion in fostering their important role as guarantors for a pluralistic and equitable society.

Beyond the cooperation with our partners, the office’s mandate comprises political analysis, facilitating contacts between people of different backgrounds involved in our main areas of concern, as well as strategic program development and network building.

Team

About the foundation

Publications

Agrifood Atlas – Facts and figures about the corporations that control what we eat

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The list of the world’s largest 500 companies by turnover contains a huge number of firms engaged in agriculture and food. And the trend continues towards a further concentration of power. Agrifood corporations are driving industrialization along the entire global value chain, from farm to plate. Their purchasing and sales policies promote a form of agriculture that revolves around productivity. The fight for market share is achieved at the expense of the weakest links in the chain: farmers, and workers.

The Future of Civic Space: What are the Realities of “Shrinking Space”

DOSSIER: SQUEEZED – SPACE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY

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