South Asia

From the peace process in Afghanistan and textile workers in Bangladesh to tourism in Nepal – reports from South Asia.

15.05.2020 | COVID-19 on South Asia | Coronabrief

When the virus hits... A comic from India

Award-winning Indian cartoonist Sharad Sharma puts the spotlight on the economic and social plight of artists in this comic drawn for FES Asia. The...

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13.05.2020 | COVID-19 on South Asia | Coronabrief

Bangladesh: Navigating the globalized impact of the pandemic

As an economically developing country heavily dependent on export-oriented sectors and remittances, Bangladesh needs to pursue a multi-pronged...

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07.05.2020 | COVID-19 on South Asia | Coronabrief

COVID-19 hurts the backbone of the Indian Economy

India, the world’s second most populous country, is under an unprecedented eight-week lock down. While the lockdown is necessary to contain the...

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06.05.2020 | COVID-19 on South Asia | Coronabrief

Pakistan – What lockdown?

In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, public health and religious piety have to be carefully balanced. Lockdown and social distancing policies are...

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05.05.2020 | COVID-19 on South Asia | Coronabrief

Women’s cooperatives respond to the crisis in India

In this crisis, we see that many suffer significant losses of income and employment as a result of social distancing measures. India's Self Employed...

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22.04.2020 | COVID-19 on South Asia | Coronabrief

Under pressure: Health care workers fighting at the frontlines in Nepal

Female doctors and nurses carry a double burden during the COVID-19 crisis. Unions in Nepal are coming forward demanding urgent action to safeguard...

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21.04.2020 | COVID-19 on South Asia | Coronabrief

Stories of hunger: India’s lockdown is hitting the poorest

Amid the world’s largest lockdown, migrant workers face an impossible choice: risk contracting the virus or going hungry. Indian journalist Sanjay...

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06.04.2020 | COVID-19 on South Asia | Coronabrief

Bangladesh’s garment sector collapse devastates millions

Bangladesh’s textile sector is highly dependent on demand from Europe and the United States. The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will hit...

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03.04.2020 | COVID-19 on South Asia | Coronabrief

Afghanistan – Peace in the time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the urgency for peace in Afghanistan to unprecedented levels. For the fledgling peace process, it is either an...

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31.03.2020 | COVID-19 on South Asia | Coronabrief

Nepal: Tourism sector workers lose livelihoods

In Nepal, the last tourists are leaving. Their guides stay behind. How are workers in the tourism sector coping with the COVID-19 crisis?

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