Web-Dossier: COVID-19 and Southeast Asia


This web-dossier brings together articles and opinion pieces from our project partners, journalists, academics, and activists from Southeast Asia. The articles refer to specific impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the socio-economic situation of affected communities, including informal laborers and migrant workers.

Furthermore, the contributions shed a light on gender-related issues, ecological trends, and civic freedoms under the conditions of COVID-19 in our region.



Feminist Interventions and Emerging Issues in Southeast Asia in the Time of COVID-19

This is a Scoping Paper that has mapped out how COVID-19 impacted the activities and interventions of feminist movements in Southeast Asia (SEA). It aims to serve as a starting point for two audiences: those interested in gaining a broad overview of what is happening within this region and those looking to inform future strategies or discussions within the feminist movement.

COVID-19 in Singapore: Technology and Systematic Orderly Approaches


Photo-Essay: Ho Chi Minh City Devastated as Huge Wave of Coronavirus Hits


COVID-19 Recovery in Southeast Asia: Jakarta, Oh Jakarta!


COVID-19 Recovery in Southeast Asia: Snapshots from Metro Manila, the Philippines

The following articles are published together with our partner, Reporting ASEAN.

Reporting ASEAN
is a homegrown, independent venue for the discussion of news and issues around regionalism, highlighting voices and views from within Southeast Asia. Its focus includes coverage of the idea of an ASEAN, which goes far beyond the regional association ASEAN, as well as the training of journalists from the region. It follows conversations around the news media and journalism in Southeast Asia, from disinformation and misinformation to interesting ways of storytelling.


Pandemic Gives Wildlife Campaigners a Push in Vietnam

Plant-based food

Plant-Based Food Finds Its Way into Post-pandemic Menu


Filipino Seafarers Find Their Future – and Lives – Adrift

Phnom Penh

Cambodia: What Went ‘Right’ In COVID-19

The following articles are published together with our partner, the NGO Forum on ADB whose membership network encompasses Asia and the Pacific. Therefore, the articles included in this section cover stories and aspects from South Asia and other parts of the world.

The NGO Forum on ADB is a network of civil society organizations (CSOs) that has been monitoring the projects, programs, and policies of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) with membership that spans Asia and the Pacific regions.


Asia Teetering at the Edge - Part II: The Banks, BRI and Recovery Loans

la Trinidad

Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Frontline Communities Resisting Internationally Financed Development Projects


Double Repression: Lockdown Measures in Bangladesh and Its Impact on Informal Sector Workers

"The biggest arena of struggle now -- the archipelago of informal sector communities all over Asia."
Dr. Rene E. Ofreneo

Dr. Rene E. Ofreneo is a member of the Board of Trustees of NGO Forum on ADB as well as Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of the University of the Philippines School of Labor and Industrial Relations.


Thailand’s Silent Pandemic: Domestic Violence during COVID-19

No face mask no entry

Just, Inclusive, and Sustainable Post-COVID-19 Recovery 

Foreign workers

Labouring Situations and Protection among Foreign Workers in Malaysia

COVID-19 Information Event in Dili

Timor-Leste: Political and Economic Development, and Government’s COVID-19 Response


COVID-19: Tips for a Saner Digital Diet in These Viral Times

Barbara Unmüßig: “The pandemic is deepening the divide"

Crisis is gendered. Women in the times of pandemic

COVID-19, Bangkok, and Its People: A Photo Essay by Amphon Chansirisri