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The Tea Leaf Center | Issue #26
Welcome back to the Tea Leaf Center's newsletter! 

Throughout July, the Tea Leaf Center will be providing an academic writing training course for Thai civil society organizations who work in various different areas because we believe that writing, especially in English, is important for conveying one's message in reports and articles. We cannot wait for the course to start and get to build a stronger network with them.
On Thursday 8 July, we launched our first monthly research skills webinar series targeting people, especially youths, who are out of school during this time of pandemic and military coup and anyone who wants to enhance their research skills. Fill free to join us Facebook Live and thanks to BEAM Education Foundation's students for help us pilot the webinar!

You can watch the video on our Facebook page here.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for our August webinar!
Resources and Tools

Equality Lab provides useful resources on digital security. The information is presented in many forms such as videos and quick guides on posters which do not cover only one type of digital device but many such as iPhone, Android, and your computer. For civil society organizations who are looking for ways to effectively secure their online platforms, this website is one of the alternatives.

Research resources are provided through J-PAL's library to create more understanding on randomized evaluations from a designing phase to an implementing phase. There are in total six sessions which also include ethical conduct and tips on field management. If you are new to this, this research resource is for you.  

In the context of international development research, all stakeholders, including local communities and donors, should be safe from any avoidable harm. This guidance on safeguarding in international development research published by UKCDR aims to provide informed actions to anticipate, mitigate, and address potential risks when doing research.  

The SDG Impact Assessment Tool is designed for a wide range of practitioners to make self-assessments of impacts on all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This will also help pinpoint relevant viewpoints on sustainability of one’s project in a comprehensible way. This tool is brought to you by Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development.  

Human rights defenders are one of the groups of people who are most at risk when taking actions. Front Line published a Workbook on Security: Practical Steps for Human Rights Defenders at Risk to guide them on assessing risks, analyzing threats, dealing with stress, creating security plans, understanding one’s context, and so on.  

If you or your organization would like to work together on a research project or would like more information on the trainings we offer, please reach out. We have a sliding scale of fees (which means smaller organizations pay less) and design all our trainings to specifically meet the needs of our partners. Here’s a reminder of the types of trainings we offer:
Civil Society Research Outputs

In Thailand, the numbers of COVID-19 cases are increasing gradually. It cannot be denied that SMEs are at the forefront of businesses to be affected if they do not get financial support. This surveys on the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses and workers published by the Asia Foundation illustrates risks of Thai workers who might face extreme poverty.  

The Karen Human Rights Group published a report on ethnic minorities and COVID-19 response in rural Southeast Myanmar to present insufficient aids and supports from the government to help ethnic minorities who have already faced vulnerability due to political instability, protracted poverty, and weak health infrastructure.

Microfinance is often promoted as a path out of poverty. In Cambodia, Equitable Cambodia and the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) recently published a report on unethical behavior of lenders and negative consequences of microloans. This project profiled 14 communities affected by microfinance, and includes an interactive map of communities and the impact of microfinance. 

Amidst COVID-19, food security of humankind is affected. This white paper published by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations demonstrates lesson learned from indigenous peoples’ food systems which could contribute to the sustainability and adaptability. This is the collective work done by indigenous peoples’ representatives as well as other stakeholders.  

Facebook is a powerful online platform that its contents are seen by millions of people each day. However, as stated in this article by Global Witness, its algorithms might be problematic when it comes to sensitive issues. In Myanmar, misinformation and contents that glorify the military is still prevalent. This article gives recommendations as well as presents collected information of inappropriate contents on Facebook that affect Burmese civilians.    

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