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Social Entrepreneurship on the Rise in Vietnam

"In Vietnam, the growth of social entrepreneurship has been aided by the growth of micro-credit institutions and by the government adopting freer market policies."

Currently, this trend is driven by NGOs, with very limited public sector investment:

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Participatory mapping projects essential for climate change planning and adapatation

Participatory GIS allows communities to understand and monitor the impact of climate change on local natural resources.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy writes,

"Three-dimensional, participatory mapping work is currently taking place in Southeast Asia, through Participatory Avenues’ Integrated Approaches

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LKYSPP Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin, December 2010, pg 15:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/LKYSPP_Dec2010.pdf

Kairo, J.G.; Kivyatu, B. and N. Koedam. 2002. “Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in the Management of Mangrove Forests Within and Adjacent to Kiunga Marine Protected Area, Lamu, Kenya.” Environment, Development and Sustainability. 4 (2) 153-166.

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Asia's Digital Divide

Internet access across Asia is highly variable, spread across different networks, devices, and prices, opening up divisions in digital literacy.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy writes,

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Sources:

LKYSPP Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin, December 2010, pg 6-7:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/LKYSPP_Dec2010.pdf

The World Bank. 2010. Employment in agriculture (% of total employment). Retrieved from

The World Bank. 2010. Employment in agriculture (% of total employment). Retrieved from

UNCTAD. 2005. ICT and e-business: what developing countries stand to
gain. Issues in Brief, 11, 1-2.

Internet World Stats. 2010. Internet Usage in Asia. Retrieved 20 December 2010 from http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm

Jakarta Globe (2010a) SBY inaugurates ‘Blackout-Free’ Era. July 28. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/sby-inaugurates-blackout-free-era/388131

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ICT in development is a double-edged sword

ICT has been hailed as an engine of innovation and development, but poorly applied, it can reinforce existing inequalities and disproportionally benefit the urban elite.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy writes,

"In large measure, development is a function of the ability of nation-states to engineer innovation, apply technology to economic activities, and increase productivity. ICT thus plays a crucial role in the development equation.

While ICT attracts a relatively low proportion of trade and investment in developing countries compared to traditional sectors such as

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Sources:

LKYSPP Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin, December 2010, pg 4:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/LKYSPP_Dec2010.pdf

The World Bank. 2010. Employment in agriculture (% of total employment). Retrieved from

The World Bank. 2010. Employment in agriculture (% of total employment). Retrieved from

UNCTAD. 2005. ICT and e-business: what developing countries stand to
gain. Issues in Brief, 11, 1-2.

Internet World Stats. 2010. Internet Usage in Asia. Retrieved 20 December 2010 from http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm

Jakarta Globe (2010a) SBY inaugurates ‘Blackout-Free’ Era. July 28. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/sby-inaugurates-blackout-free-era/388131

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Lack of Transportation Infrastructure Import/Export Regulations Inhibit Regional Economic Integration in Southeast Asia

LKYSPP believes that "export regulations represent serious impediments to trade flows… Southeast Asian countries are in need of extensive trade facilitation measures in order to drive forward the complex process of regional economic integration and keep pace with
increasingly globalised production networks."

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Vietnamese Gov to Create New Rural Communes Across Country

"Under the initial national pilot program the Government of Vietnam chose 11 communes to develop and create as ‘new rural areas’... The aim of the project is two-fold. It aims to create better, more developed rural areas and at the same time, it aims to organize economic sectors and the livelihoods of those that live in these rural areas."
"The relative success of the pilot has led to the Government announcing in August of 2010 the plans for developing all rural communes across the Vietnam in 2010-2020....The project has been extended to cover the entire country over the next decade,"

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Cultural Stigma Trumps Government Policy on HIV/AIDS Infected Kids' Right to School in Vietnam

"Under Vietnam’s HIV/AIDS laws, no child can be denied access to a school if either they or any of their family is living with HIV or AIDS. Vietnam’s laws on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control are comprehensive but are not widely known. Public prejudice against HIV/AIDS infected people also stems from the fact that historically, it has been associated with drug users and prostitutes. Combined with the public attitude and lack of awareness, this has led to children with HIV being discriminated against in schools.

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Increased global competition makes ASEAN regional alliance more important

Noviscape suggest that ASEAN countries come together and create a regional brand to maintain relevant in an increasingly competetive world.

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Migration of Seniors a Future Force in Southeast Asia, Could Create "Universal Design" Cities

Seniors are migrating around Southeast Asia, some to retire and some to find work. This creates a potential for Universal Design cities—built environments designed to be usable by anyone regardless of disability.

While Noviscape does mention "senior Singaporeans... finding employment as highly-skilled professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and China" it mostly
discusses those traveling to retire:

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From lingerie protest to social enterprise

In the midst of Thailand’s political protests, the labor dispute at Triumph drew wide public attention. The fight began when a group of female workers demanded that the company respected their rights after being laid off, but took an unexpected and unconventional twist, as it led to a different way of doing a business- a social enterprise. The workers set up their own company, Try Arm, pledging to prioritize the well-being of workers, their friends and society, rather than simply focus on profits. Try Arm has subsequently attracted much attention as an alternative business model.

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Noviscape, June 2011, page 15: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/Noviscape_June2011#page=15
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