Migration Outcome Index

Photo credit: Undocumented Cambodian migrants arrive by train at Anranya Prathet, Thailand prior to onward transportation to the border. © International Organization of Migration 2014, Joe Lowry

Photo : Undocumented Cambodian migrants arrive by train at Anranya Prathet, Thailand prior to onward transportation to the border. © International Organization of Migration 2014, Joe Lowry Proponents of labor migration argue that migration brings more benefits than disadvantages for those migrating overseas to work. Despite risks of labor abuse, exploitation, and in some cases… Read more »

Migration Helps to Reduce Poverty

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In the aftermath of the Europe migration crisis, BREXIT, and the US election, migration has become an even more topical issue. Those opposing migrants in their countries often resort to gross generalizations aimed to slander migration, such as how migrants take away local jobs, engage in criminal activities, and have a negative impact on the… Read more »

Demand for Shark Fin Potentially Increasing in Thailand

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Photo: Ecozine.com Imagine cutting off the fins of a shark and then throwing the carcass back into the water. Still alive, the shark slowly sinks to the bottom as it can no longer swim. The shark dies a slow death. The conservative estimate for global fishery mortality of sharks is 100 million sharks per year…. Read more »

Is Thailand Facing Another Migrant Exodus?

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Photo: 2014 Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha Thailand has some 3–4 million migrant workers that fill the gap for much needed low-skilled labor and companies in several sectors are dependent on these workers. However, a recent Royal Ordinance issued on June 23, 2017, has sparked concerns among employers. Although the proposed penalties under the Royal Ordinance have been… Read more »

Measuring Social Norms

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Programs or campaigns directed to change human behavior need to consider the potential influence of social norms. But what exactly are social norms, how do we measure them, and what are the potential implications for the program or campaign? The following are some simple guidelines that may be helpful when addressing these questions. The existence… Read more »

Realizing Rights for Women Market Vendors

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Market vendors represent a large portion of small-scale traders in Lao PDR and women represent more than 90 percent of vendors in fresh food markets across the country. However, their roles often go unrecognized, even though they manage the entire value chain, from production to sales. Women vendors encounter many difficulties, such as a lack… Read more »

Why the Polls Got it Soooo Wrong

Photo: Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia on July 8, 2016. (AP/Matt Rourke)

Photo: Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia on July 8, 2016. (AP/Matt Rourke) The US Election is over and the result was shocking for many, and surprising to most. Secretary Hillary Clinton was a clear favorite, and several tracking polls had her in the lead for several months. So how could so many experienced pollsters get it… Read more »

Human Rights Based Measurement

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There are growing concerns about human rights around the globe and use of the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) is gaining more attention in the social development arena. But how can we use the HRBA when conducting assessments? The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has a conceptual framework that we have adapted for this… Read more »

Strategy Framework for Policy Advocacy

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Gaining actionable insights to bolster policy advocacy can be difficult and available data is often fragmented. The following framework can help structure and frame data from different sources in a useful way to help answer an important question: What’s next? It goes without saying that policy advocacy is an art and you need to be… Read more »

Breastfeeding Could Save US$300 Billion – New Research

Interview with Ms Sue Horton, CIGI Chair in Global Health Economics, Department of Economics, University of Waterloo. The interview took place in Bangkok on March 24, 2016. From left sitting: Sue Horton (University of Waterloo), Nemat Hajeebhoy (Alive & Thrive). From left standing: Napat Phisanbut (Unicef), Phan Thi Hong Linh (Alive & Thrive), Roger Mathisen… Read more »