Publications

Charting the Financial Path of JETP: Challenges, Risks, and Policy Insights

This handbook provides a detailed analysis of the financial intricacies within the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) for Indonesia. This study analyzed funding sources, highlighting the prevalence of loans over grants and the impact of non-concessional loans on Indonesia’s financial resources. It also discusses the risks and challenges of overreliance on private funding and suggests…

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Who stands to gain in EU Trade deals?

Image by Unsplash/Alexandre Lallemand Josua Mata is the Secretary General of SENTRO, a progressive multi-sector trade union alliance in the Philippines. The text presented here is an excerpt from a conversation that Liliane Danso-Dahmen, regional director of the RLS office in Manila, had with Josua in October 2023. This conversation breaks down the role of…

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Civic Education in the Philippines: Confronting the Challenges of the Present Times

Image by Rappler The results of the recent important political exercise show that the Philippines is yet to realize the ideals necessary for a functioning democracy. Civic education can play a pivotal role in the realization of democracy given its aim to develop informed, effective, and responsible citizenry who can better engage in governance. Civic…

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Disjunctures in Philippine History Education since the K to 12 Reform

Image by Rappler The unfortunate reality is that what the teaching of Philippine History suffers is symptomatic of a greater, more sinister ill that has long affected Philippine education in general. This crisis predates even the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic that has overtaken conventional educational approaches in the country. Republic Act No. 10533,…

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Decolonization: Militarism and the Dynamics of the Working-Class Movement

Image by Unsplash/Yusuf Sabqi The Indonesian decolonization war years were a complex process in an endless conflict involving political and military leaders, diplomacy versus armed struggle, the Republican government in Yogyakarta, communist and radical Islamic groups, and social bandits, as well as the conflict between the republican government and political elites in the Indonesian periphery….

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Malaysia’s ‘Incomplete’ Revolution: From Comprador Capitalism to State-Led Development to State-Dependent Development

Image by Pexels/Phearak Chamrien Malaysia’s decolonization and independence narrative is relatively unique in the region of Southeast Asia. Aside from Singapore and Brunei, it is one of the countries that has not experienced armed independence struggle, civil war, the overthrow of a dictator and, broadly, any kind of social revolution. The brutal suppression of the…

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Towards a just and sustainable energy sector

In Pakil, Laguna, billionaire tycoon tycoon Enrique Razon’s Prime Metro Power Holdings Corp. and JBD Water Power are implementing a 1400 MW Ahunan Pumped-Storage Hydropower Project, also known as Ahunan Dam, on the east bank of Laguna de Bay. Over 300 hectares of land are expected to be impacted by the project. This will cause…

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The Future of Climate Justice in the Philippines

Image by Greenpeace In February 1986, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in major regions of the Philippines to call for the ouster of Ferdinand Marcos. Widely known as a non-violent revolt, the so-called EDSA People Power Revolution struck the final blow to two decades of authoritarian rule and eventually paved the…

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Cashing In on the Climate Crisis through Agricultural Digitalization

Cashing In on the Climate Crisis through Agricultural Digitalization, a new study from the ETC Group produced with support from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Southeast Asia Manila Office, explores how the climate crisis is being turned into an investment opportunity for financial actors, and how agricultural digitalization is facilitating the commodification of climate into assets…

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Opening New Frontiers: Expanding Global Solidarity in an Uncertain and Tangled World

Opening New Frontiers: Expanding Global Solidarity in an Uncertain and Tangled World How can we (re)build global solidarity amidst a volatile, tangled, and unpredictable world disrupted by multidimensional crises in an increasingly authoritarian neoliberal capitalist relations and ecological devastation? This has been the underlying question in the workshop held during the office opening event of…

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