South East Asia

Linking Women and Land in Myanmar

February 2015

What are the potential gender implications of the current land use policy draft in Myanmar? How might it be improved to promote and strengthen women’s land rights?

Opportunities for Development-Oriented Drug Control in Myanmar

January 2015

The workshop is jointly organized by the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control CCDAC and the Transnational Institute (TNI) and is funded through a GIZ grant.

The Eve of De-Privatisation in Jakarta

January 2015

Jakarta is currently striving to join many cities around the world and remunicipalising its water. A series of fact-sheets that outline how and why water privatisation failed and the potential for a renewed effective public service.

‘There is no voice of real farmers’

Portia Larlee
December 2014

The release of the draft policy, part of a process towards enacting a new National Land Law and “harmonising” existing legislation, was greeted with objections and criticism from farmers’ organisations and ethnic minority groups throughout the country.

The draft land use policy: putting big business first

December 2014

There are some big problems with the current draft of the policy and they stem mainly from its failure to recognise that land has more than an economic function.

The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia

Riza Damanik
November 2014

The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia is a powerful example of how investment agreements are used by companies to get exemptions from government regulations and legislation, undermining democracy and development.

EU-Myanmar Bilateral Investment Treaty

August 2014

In March 2014 the European Commission received the negotiation mandate from the EU member States to start negotiating an Investment treaty with Myanmar. But what do BITS mean in practice? Is it in the best interest of the Myanmar public?

Repressive policies only stoking Asean's drug problem

June 2014

The strategy of Asean's 10 member countries to become "drug free" by 2015 is failing dramatically. In the last decade, opium cultivation in the region has doubled, drug use -- especially of methamphetamines, a powerful synthetic stimulant -- has increased significantly, and there remain strong links between drugs, conflict, crime and corruption.

Opium cultivation bounces back: TNI report shows dramatic failure of ASEAN’s ‘Drug Free’ strategy

June 2014

Bouncing Back - Relapse in the Golden Triangle, a new in-depth report by the Transnational Institute (TNI) launched in Yangon, Burma/Myanmar, on Monday June 2, highlights the profound changes in the illicit drugs market in the Golden Triangle – Burma, Thailand and Laos – and neighbouring India and China over the past five years.

Bouncing Back

May 2014

TNI's indepth examination of the illegal drug market in the Golden Triangle, which has witnessed a doubling of opium production, growing prison populations and repression of small-scale farmers. This report details the failure of ASEAN's 'drug free' strategy and the need for a new approach.

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