Social Issues

Featured Titles
Departing From Java: Javanese Labour, Migration And DiasporaDeparting From Java: Javanese Labour, Migration And Diaspora by Hoefte, Rosemarijn; Peter Meel (Ed.)

From colonial times through to the present day, large numbers of Javanese have left their homes to settle in other parts of Indonesia or much further afield. Frequently this dispersion was forced, often with traumatic results. Today, Javanese communities are found as close as Kalimantan and as far away as Suriname and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, migrant workers from Java continue to travel abroad, finding short-term employment in places like Malaysia and the Middle East. This volume traces the different ways in which Javanese migrants and migrant communities are connected in their host society and with Java as a real or imagined authoritative source of norms, values and loyalties. It underlines the importance of diaspora as a process in order to understand the evolving notions of a Javanese homeland across time and space.

Growing Up PerempuanGrowing Up Perempuan by Sumartono, Filzah; Margaret Thomas (Eds.)

Growing up as a woman is hard. Growing up as a woman in the Muslim community is harder. In a world still filled with superstitions, if you die during childbirth you become a vampiric ghost and if you survive you might get attacked by a flying ghost. You collect experiences in the workplace that should be office satire but aren't. You face constant judgement, try to live up to endless expectations, and somehow…still fall short. Growing Up Perempuan is a collection of stories written by women, for women. This book offers stories of love and loss, strength and endurance, confidence and courage - stories that inspire and empower. This is a book about challenging the status quo and learning to chart our own paths instead of having the world define them for us.

Birthday Book, The: The Roads We TakeBirthday Book, The: The Roads We Take by Chung, Cheryl; Aaron Maniam

The roads we take don't always lead us to our final destination. Sometimes, the roads are filled with crevices and potholes. At other times, the roads may be smooth-sailing, but we question our decisions in taking these routes. Regardless of these decisions, they make who we are and influence how we will continue to traverse different roads in the future. In the 2018 edition of The Birthday Book, contributors reflect on the paths they have chosen to take in their lives. More than just personal stories, these essays highlight the importance of resilience and the evolution of the political and social landscape in Singapore. The book compels readers to think of the complexity of the future roads we must take, as individuals, as a nation-because in sunny Singapore, no one road stays forever.

Ensuring A Square Meal: Women And Food Security In Southeast AsiaEnsuring A Square Meal: Women And Food Security In Southeast Asia by Devasahayam, Theresa W. (Ed.)

Research on women and food security in Southeast Asia has been limited. The collection of chapters in Ensuring a Square Meal: Women and Food Security in Southeast Asia is one of the first attempts at providing a lens into the linkages between women and food security at the household, community, national and transnational levels. More broadly, the chapters examine women's contribution to the food security of households, resource distribution to produce food, and the purchasing power to buy food. In analysing the various facets to food security in relation to gender, the analyses focus on women and food security within the meanings of "private" and "public", and the extent to which the effects of the two spheres spill over into each other. Given women's critical role in food and agricultural production and provision, Ensuring a Square Meal: Women and Food Security in Southeast Asia assesses the structural forces that enable women to access productive resources and, in turn, ensure sustainable strategies for food security at the household level.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #17: The Private Healthcare Sector In Johor: Trends And ProspectsTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #17: The Private Healthcare Sector In Johor: Trends And Prospects by Ormond, Meghann; Lim Chee Han

The future of the private healthcare in Johor and in the Iskandar Malaysia (IM) special economic zone in particular is intimately tied to larger property developments and trends in the region, both because private healthcare developers are increasingly the same as property developers and because IM's future population growth relies heavily on corporate settlement in IM and the jobs that such settlement generates. Volatility in corporate investment and settlement in IM may have significant consequences for the sector's development. The Federal and Johor State Governments intend to turn IM into a world-class private healthcare destination for local residents and foreign visitors alike. A range of strategies and policies have been launched to develop IM's medical care, aged care, and lifestyle and well-being sectors. It is essential to track the impact of federal and regional fiscal incentives for private healthcare development and monitor actual demand for private sector capacity in order to assess the value and utility of such incentives, especially given the potential for such incentives policies to promote the generation of excessive private sector hospital and clinical capacity if left unchecked.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #12: Living On The Edge: Being Malay (And Bugis) In The Riau IslandsTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #12: Living On The Edge: Being Malay (And Bugis) In The Riau Islands by Carruthers, Andrew M.

In Indonesia's Riau Islands Province, ethnic Malays are the proud heirs and custodians of a rich legacy associated with a once-sprawling Malay empire that stretched across present-day transnational borders from Indonesia, to Singapore, to Malaysia. Malays of Bugis descent have long played a disproportionately central role in the history, and the historiography or "history-telling", of the region that now encompasses Indonesia's Riau Islands Province. While steadfastly "Malay", members of this community readily acknowledge that their ethnically Bugis roots maintain an enduring historical and ideological salience in their everyday lives. However, transregional economic trends and rapid sociodemographic shift shaped by ongoing migration flows have led to feelings of "marginalization" (peminggiran) among the islands' Malay-Bugis community. While international focus continues to centre on Indonesia's Chinese-pribumi divide as diagnostic of Indonesian inter-ethnic and religious relations on edge, a grounded assessment of ethnicity in the Riau islands offers an alternative perspective on these important issues.

Food Matters: Food Security And The Future Of FoodFood Matters: Food Security And The Future Of Food by Teng, Paul; Manda Foo

Food matters. It is a basic human need, yet its availability in adequate, safe, nutritious and regular amounts for humans is by no means assured. While land and water for food production are both declining at alarming rates due to natural and human causes, the demand for food is still growing as populations all over the world increase. The unending questions - where food comes from; how it is grown; how climate change impacts the supply of vegetables and fish and what we can do about it; nutrition in diet; future new types of food that will be produced in factories; how safe is organic food and GMOs, etc. - present some of the most pressing food-related issues everyone, from leaders and policymakers to corporate chiefs and man-in-the-street, needs to be aware of. This seminal book, Food Matters, by Professor Paul Teng and Manda Foo provides explanations to the many questions asked about today's food sources and quality. Written in prose that is easily understandable, it takes the reader through the fascinating story of the origin of our common foods, how they have changed in looks and their methods of production, and discusses many issues on the minds of consumers and governments.

Our Cities, Our Homes: People, Places And PassionsOur Cities, Our Homes: People, Places And Passions by Anwar Fazal

The world has been in a state of disruptive flux for decades. This transformation signals an unfolding process of creative destruction: society, the economy, politics, cultural life, technology and the environment have, in many ways, changed beyond recognition. Anwar Fazal has been one of the world's leading witnesses to these dramas - an engaged and engaging public intellectual who has been at the forefront of local and global efforts to forge innovative solutions to pressing problems. This book brings together, for the first time, some of his most important contributions to debates about what kinds of alternative futures are possible. At their heart are a deeply felt commitment to people-centred development, incorporating the values of justice, sustainability and inclusiveness, and the potential of capacity building, enabling people to build on the capabilities they already possess. Written in an accessible style, infused with a clear-eyed passion for emboldened people and liveable places, this is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of the planet.

Hand In Glove: Handling Love - The Journey Of Gravity From The Ocean WithinHand In Glove: Handling Love - The Journey Of Gravity From The Ocean Within by Paraman Vs

The universe, its mysterious mechanism, and the implications that the scientific study of its foundation and its boundaries have on our philosophical and spiritual experience of reality, are the topics carefully explored by Paraman in this book. Perhaps as paradoxical as its object of study, Hand In Glove - Handling Love (HIG) is, in itself, a very condensed exposition of ground-shaking ideas that are then expanded rapidly into a series of mind-blowing realizations about our spiritual life and the very nature of reality as we experience it. Readers of philosophical and physical science backgrounds will enjoy this book immensely. A must read, definitely.

Leadership In ParentingLeadership In Parenting by Ahmad Fahri Hamzah

Leadership in Parenting presents the idea of raising children with a clear, strong purpose: to raise them as future leaders, based on the Hierarchy of Successful Parenting Leadership Model. Learn the five levels of parenting function, and the Proactive Purposeful Parenting Approach. Packed with real stories, examples and practical strategies, the book expands your capacity to lead your child better, to become your child's Inspirer, so they earn their place as future leaders.

Corruption And Crime In Malaysia: Perception Or Reality?Corruption And Crime In Malaysia: Perception Or Reality? by Akhbar Satar

The author is a criminologist, crime analyst, and former graft-buster who highlights the evils of graft and crime, how to detect, deter and measure it, and offers solutions to curb and prevent it. Various criminological theories are discussed as we get introduced to, in an easy to understand and unbiased manner, the real situation of corruption and crime in Malaysia. Corruption and crime in Malaysia provides the glaring instances of corruption investigations and prosecutions amongst public servants and politicians involving famous cases such as 1MDB, SRC, FELDA scandals, Tabung Haji, Sabah Water scandal and the issues of money laundering, assets declaration, political donation, kleptocracy, polygraph testing and the general election. This book provides insight into causes of crime, its criminals and victims such as delinquency, drug smuggling, addiction, human trafficking, terrorism and the various punishments for such crimes.

Catching Thunder: The True Story Of The World's Longest Sea ChaseCatching Thunder: The True Story Of The World's Longest Sea Chase by Eskil Engdal; Kjetil Saeter

December, 2014: In the forbidding waters off Antarctica, Captain Hammarstedt of the Bob Barker embarks on a voyage unlike any seen before. Across ten thousand miles of hazardous seas, Hammarstedt's crew will relentlessly pursue the Thunder - an infamous illegal fishing ship - for what will become the longest chase in maritime history. Wanted by Interpol, the Thunder has for years evaded justice: accumulating millions in profits, hunting endangered species and ruthlessly destroying ocean habitats. The authors follow this incredible expedition from the beginning. The wake of the Thunder leads them to trail of criminal kingpins, rampant corruption, modern slavery, and an international community content to turn a blind eye. Very soon, apprehending Thunder becomes more than a chase but a pursuit of the truth itself and a symbolic race to preserve the well-being of our planet. A Scandinavian best-seller, Catching Thunder is a remarkable true story of courage and perseverance, and a wake-up call to act against the destruction of our environments.

Beyond Romance: Fieldwork In SarawakBeyond Romance: Fieldwork In Sarawak by Egay, Kelvin; Hew Cheng Sim (Eds.)

This volume offers a collection of fieldwork stories written through the lens of sociologists, historians and anthropologists who have made the people, cultures and environment of Sarawak their field of study. Fieldwork is, they have found, never a straightforward task of collecting data, it is about establishing a relationship with the people and their surroundings and learning to live in different worlds. Bringing together fieldwork memoirs, short essays, journal entries and letters, this book also offers an insight into the history and culture of Sarawak from the eyes of its researchers, covering the 'lost tribes' in resettlement schemes, Kelabit child rearing, the biography of a Hakka civil servant and the Tua Pek Kong temples of Sarawak.

The Ha Noi Action Plan 2018-2022The Ha Noi Action Plan 2018-2022 by Asian Development Bank

The Ha Noi Action Plan 2018-2022 (HAP) addresses the unfinished and expanded agenda of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program for the remaining 5 years of the GMS Strategic Framework 2012-2022. The HAP provides directions and operational focus to the GMS program and guides identification of projects in transport, urban development, energy, agriculture, environment, tourism, trade facilitation, human resource development, and information and communication technology.

Institutionalizing Gender Equality: Urban Development Experience Of The Bangladesh LocalInstitutionalizing Gender Equality: Urban Development Experience Of The Bangladesh Local by Asian Development Bank

This case study examines selected urban development projects of the local government engineering department in Bangladesh, with focus on mechanisms to foster gender equality and women empowerment. ADB supports the institutionalization of gender equality in government agencies to enhance their gender-responsiveness and sustainability of gender equality results. The Bangladesh Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) is a trailblazer in mainstreaming gender equality in its policies, systems, and programs. This report presents the results of a stocktaking of LGED's gender mainstreaming practices particularly in ADB-financed urban development projects.

Gender Equality Results Case Study: India - Enhancing Energy-Based Livelihoods For WomenGender Equality Results Case Study: India - Enhancing Energy-Based Livelihoods For Women by Asian Development Bank

This gender equality case study presents the contributions of the ADB-India project in providing 24-hour power supply to rural households in Madhya Pradesh and how it has opened opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the energy sector. Reliable supply of 24-hour electricity in the State of Madhya Pradesh since 2014 has transformed the lives of many, including women from low-income households. The case study builds up on the project progress so far, showcasing women who, along with their sense of personal empowerment, have increased their incomes and savings through microenterprises. The case study reaffirms that a steady supply of electricity, coupled with capacity development, helps create an arena where men and women are accorded equal participation in business opportunities.

Gender Equality And Social Inclusion Assessment Of The Energy Sector: Enhancing Social SustainabiGender Equality And Social Inclusion Assessment Of The Energy Sector: Enhancing Social Sustainabi by Asian Development Bank

This study seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of gender equality and social inclusion issues of the energy sector in Nepal and recommends measures to ensure energy access to all. In Nepal, deeply embedded structural conditions determined by gender, caste or ethnicity, religion, language, and even geography have made access to and benefits from energy resources highly uneven. This study is an attempt to understand the factors affecting the outcomes and extent to which the initiatives have fostered gender equality and social inclusion. The study recommends measures to facilitate the distributive impact of energy sector development if Nepal is to meet its target of ensuring energy access to all.

Bangladesh Gender Equality Diagnostic Of Selected SectorsBangladesh Gender Equality Diagnostic Of Selected Sectors by Asian Development Bank

Over the last 2 decades, Bangladesh has made progress in women's participation in the labor force, gender parity in primary education, and women's political representation. The Government of Bangladesh has made policy commitments toward gender equality and established an institutional framework to fulfill these. This publication intends to support the government in its attempt to address persisting gender inequalities and gaps through a multisector approach across policies, programs, and projects. It provides insights into gender issues in urban; transport; energy; and skills, vocational, and tertiary education, and gives suggestions for strengthening gender mainstreaming in projects.

Urban Wastewater Management In Indonesia: Key Principles And Issues In Drafting Local RegulaUrban Wastewater Management In Indonesia: Key Principles And Issues In Drafting Local Regula by Asian Development Bank

This publication is intended to serve as a guidance document for local governments in Indonesia to develop their regulations on urban wastewater management. One of the major concerns in urban development is proper wastewater management. In many developing countries, the lack of a comprehensive wastewater management law jeopardizes sustainable urban development. This is true in Indonesia where wastewater management regulations at the local level are inadequate. This publication discusses the basic principles of wastewater management services and is designed to be a guidebook for the development of local urban wastewater management legislation. This guidebook's chapters and sections can be readily transformed into the chapters and articles of a local regulation.

Dhaka Water Services Turnaround, TheDhaka Water Services Turnaround, The by Asian Development Bank

This publication features an ADB project that turned around an urban water utility in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and offers a good example for other similar utilities in South Asia. ADB's investment program in the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority provided a breakthrough in approaching urban development, particularly the delivery of clean, reliable, affordable water and to the poor, no less. This publication looks at the key success factors that other utilities are taking note of: The zonal approach to rehabilitating and managing urban water services, trenchless technology for expeditiously laying pipes, and how to connect the urban poor - and keeping them connected - through community-managed approaches.