Bangkok Office

The Southeast Asia Regional Office, Bangkok

The Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs) established early co-operations with Southeast Asian partner organizations at the beginning of the 1990s. In February 2000, hbs opened a local presence in Southeast Asia with an independent regional office in Chiang Mai. After over ten successful years in Northern Thailand, the hbs Southeast Asia Regional office moved to Bangkok in mid-2010.

How the globalization and ASEAN integration influence the lives of the local people is the main concern of the hbs Southeast Asia Regional Office. The start of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of 2015 bears the inherent risk of a sell-off of public goods, the further destruction of ecosystems and of putting stress on democratic participation in decision making processes in the ten Southeast Asian countries. In that context the hbs Southeast Asia Regional Office observes trends like the effects of transboundary labor migration, consequences of investment flows and infrastructure projects for the living conditions of rural and indigenous communities as well as changing spaces for civil society in Southeast Asia. Working with regional partner organizations and other hbs country offices in Asia we support projects, debates and consultation processes on these topics. Furthermore, we work with partner organizations on strengthening freedom of expression and opinion in fostering their important role as guarantors for a pluralistic and equitable society.

Beyond the cooperation with our partners, the office’s mandate comprises political analysis, facilitating contacts between people of different backgrounds involved in our main areas of concern, as well as strategic program development and network building.

Team

Supaporn Luangsa-ard

Finance and Administrative Coordinator

Kamol Sukin

Program Coordinator Ecology & Social Justice

Srijula Yongstar

Program Coordinator Democracy & Participation

Nittaya Chaiyaseang

Accountant and Administrative Officer

Fransiskus Tarmedi

Research Manager

Laddawan Suksrisan

Administrative Assistant

About the foundation

Publications

Cover of the Ocean Atlas published by the Heinrich Boell Foundation

Without the ocean there would be no life on our planet. But the future of this unique ecosystem faces a grave threat today. The Ocean Atlas 2017 delivers with its 18 contributions and 50 graphics the relevant facts and figures about the ocean.

Indonesia will be able to play a leading role in the fight against climate change, and gets a global significance. To that end, a political leadership is needed which is able to promote consistency between the declared commitment shown in international forums and genuine implementation efforts.

The Future of Civic Space: What are the Realities of “Shrinking Space”

DOSSIER: SQUEEZED – SPACE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY

Photo: Niklas Hughes. Creative Commons License LogoThis image is licensed under Creative Commons License.

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