Discover more about the latest trends and our diverse work in the Asia-Pacific through one of the many innovative multimedia products by FES offices and regional projects in the region.
The #global economic center of gravity is shifting from the Atlantic to #Asia and the broader #IndoPacific. Along with this, great power competition over regional and global hegemony intensifies, bringing with it numerous #security challenges for stakeholders in the region. These #geopolitical tensions also drive #geoeconomic disruptions, manifesting in the form of politicized market-access to technological #bifurcation, from supply chain reorganization to accelerated #automation. It Is inevitable that countries and businesses will have to adapt their development models to prosper in this new environment.
But how exactly will these mega trends play out? Will they reinforce each other or negate the impact of the other? And how will they affect individual countries in a highly heterogenous region, with economies at very different stages of development, and across different geographies, demographics, and political regimes? How can we anticipate the shifts on the global and regional opportunity structures? What does it mean for the existing development models?
Let's race against time to answer some of the very questions we all want to know country by country from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Indonesia's point of views.
Climate change has been disrupting social and ecological systems across the globe. In this short documentary, we explore how Nepalese women in Bardiya and Jumla, two of Nepal’s most remote districts, have been navigating changing climatic conditions and their impacts on water resources. #BAHAV which translates to flow in English, follows the experiences of people along the Karnali, Nepal’s longest river. While in the plains of Bardiya people face the increased risk of flooding, in the mountainous Jumla they struggle with water scarcity. Upstream and downstream people already feel the impacts of climate change in their lives and are trying to adapt to the changing conditions. Women are at the center of the climate crisis, due to traditional gender roles and societal expectations. In addition, their care work responsibilities often limit their participation in discussions and discourses related to climate change. This 11-minute documentary does not claim to hold all the answers to the big questions it raises but rather opens a window to learn from the women it features on how we might be able to support a more sustainable and gender just future for all. Bahav aims to amplify the voices of local people and their experiences and showcases why we need gender-transformative approaches – not only to address climate justice but also other social justice issues.
Most Indian cities, though born on the cradles of rivers, have forgotten them. Today urban rivers struggle to find a flow as they get loaded with sewage, solid waste matter and infrastructure encroachment. This short film takes cues from this status quo of rivers as urban backyards and seeks to find solutions from the ground up. In the process discovering different scales of social enterprises and initiatives, which are slowly but surely making change. From the banks of the mighty Ganga in Kanpur to the edges of the Brahmaputra in Assam, or simply the forgotten Mithi in Mumbai which doesn’t even register on the national listing of rivers, the film is a journey of hope given by these social enterprises that make a difference by their acts of recycling, upcycling or simply cleaning, but also providing livelihoods to the most marginalised of the city.
Bringing together the work of our offices in the region, we provide you with the latest news on current debates, insightful research and innovative visual outputs on the future of work, geopolitics, gender justice, and social-ecological transformation.