Good Practice Guidelines for Social And Behavioral Change Communications Practitioners And Communications Professionals

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Rapid Asia was one of the contributors to the creation of the Good Practice Guidelines developed for social and behavioural change communications practitioners working on reducing demand for wildlife products. The guidelines recognises the importance of good monitoring and evaluation practice in order to inform communication initiatives. The publication was made possible through the support… Read more »

Risks and rewards: Outcomes of labour migration in South-East Asia

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In 2017, Rapid Asia conducted a study on behalf of ILO and IOM to obtain a better understanding of the factors that shape migration outcomes in Southeast Asia. The study interviewed over 1800 returnee migrant workers from Cambodia, Viet Nam, Lao PDR and Myanmar who had been employed in Thailand or Malaysia. The findings are… 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 »

Findings of country-wide Study on the Lao Youth by Rapid Asia on Behalf of GIZ

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In 2015, Rapid Asia did a Study on the Expectations and Aspirations of the Lao Youth. The research used primary and secondary data to analyse youth expectations and perspectives. Primary data was collected through quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, specifically surveys among the youth and key informant interviews among selected stakeholders. The data collection for the Study… Read more »

Rapid Asia Plays Role in Demand Reduction for Wildlife

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During 2013-2016 Rapid Asia conducted a number of demand reduction impact surveys for USAID’s Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST) program. The surveys played a key role in the overall evaluation of the iTHINK Campaign to reduce demand for various wildlife products such as ivory, tiger parts, pangolin, bear bile etc. See GAO… 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 »

To passport or not to passport ? That is the question (Know Before You Go impact assessment) by Rapid Asia in Partnership with IOM X

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Ever considered going to another country, for vacation or work, without a passport? The answer might be obvious to you — but for millions around the world, it’s not as clear. It is estimated that there are 25.8 million migrant workers in Asia Pacific¹, of which four million are in Thailand, mostly coming from Cambodia, Myanmar and… Read more »