Focus on the Global South

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Focus on the Global South
Formation 1995
Founder Walden Bello, Kamal Malhotra
Headquarters Bangkok, Thailand
Exec. Dir.
Pablo Solon

Focus on the Global South is an activist think tank based in Asia providing analysis and building alternatives for just social, economic and political change. It was founded in 1995 and has its main office in Bangkok, Thailand, with additional offices in the Philippines and India.

Founded by sociologist Walden Bello and Kamal Malhotra, it is affiliated with the Social Research Institute of Chulalongkorn University. Focus on the Global South combines policy research, advocacy, activism and grassroots capacity building in order to generate critical analysis and encourage debates on national and international policies. Its work is aimed to counteract corporate-led globalisation, neo-liberalism and militarisation. It works mainly in Thailand, the Philippines and India.[1]

Recently Focus on the Global South has worked on the issue of climate justice as part of Climate Justice Now!.


Focus’s overall goals are to: dismantle oppressive economic and political structures and institutions; create liberating structures and institutions; promote demilitarisation and peace-building, instead of conflict. These three goals are brought together in the paradigm of deglobalisation. This term describes the transformation of the global economy from one centred on the needs of transnational corporations to one that focuses on the needs of people, communities and nations and in which the capacities of local and national economies are strengthened.

The deglobalisation paradigm forms the basis of Focus’s work, which spans five thematic areas: Defending and Reclaiming the Commons; Trade; Peace and Peoples Security; Alternatives and China.

These thematic areas are complemented by country based programmes in India, the Philippines and Thailand. Teams made up of staff from each of the country offices are responsible for taking forward work on each thematic area.


  1. ^ "Focus on the Global South - Who we are". Focus on the Global South. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 


  1. ^ . Focus on the Global South web site