Singaporean demand for the programmes and services of charities – especially with an ageing population, changing social and family dynamics, and cognisance of a persistent class divide – is set to increase, yet the discourse on improvements to the charity sector has not kept pace.
And in this vision of a transformed and transformative charity sector in Singapore, three core changes are welcomed: More baselining, more need-based and forward-looking collaborations, and more effective intermediaries. Continue reading
For months Myanmar has been under the spotlight for its assault against more than 650,000 Rohingyas – stripped of their citizenship in 1982 – who have been forced to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh. Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been criticised for her apparent apathy too. This week, as a Rohingya rebel group Myanmar claimed responsibility for an attack on government forces which left three people wounded, the Myanmar military also made a first public admission of its wrongdoing, when it acknowledged that “its security forces and Buddhist villagers killed 10 Rohingya Muslims whose bodies were found in a mass grave in a village in troubled Rakhine state”. For covering the situation in the Rakhine state, two Reuters journalists were “formally charged with offences under the Official Secrets Act”, facing up to 14 years in prison. Continue reading