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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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How Southeast Asian countries compare on growth and development

By: Thomas Brent - Posted on: February 2, 2018 | Business

A new World Economic Forum development index shows that countries can be measured on a range of factors, including healthy life expectancy, GDP per capita and distribution of wealth

The World Economic Forum released their annual report charting the economic performance of 103 countries Photo: WEF

This article features in Southeast Asia Globe’s top ten most popular of 2018. To read the others, click here

The world’s leaders descended on Davos, Switzerland, last week for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF). Amongst all the furore of speeches from Donald Trump, Narendra Modi and Angela Merkel to name a few, an interesting document was published.

Last year in WEF’s Inclusive Growth and Development Report, they introduced a new system for measuring a country’s development, far wider and more in depth than merely looking at the GDP.

They named it the Inclusive Development Index (IDI), and it takes measurements on 15 different factors that fall under three different ‘pillars’: growth and development, inclusion, and intergenerational equity. So it provides a fairly holistic overview of a country.

Here we take a look at this year’s report and see how the countries of Southeast Asia fare and compare on the index. We also look at some of the more interesting factors used to work out the overall score.

The report covers eight countries from Southeast Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Laos and Cambodia. It also splits the countries into advanced economies and emerging economies, with Singapore the only country in the region to be considered as an advanced economy.

Overall IDI
The overall IDI takes all 15 factors into account and then gives each country a score ranging from one to seven, with one being the worst and seven being the best.

Singapore and Cambodia did not receive an overall score because some data on them was missing.

While Malaysia leads the way among the reported southeast Asian countries, it is still a little way behind Lithuania, which tops the list of emerging countries with a score of 4.8

Healthy life expectancy
One of the 15 factors to be measured was ‘healthy life expectancy’. This is the average amount of years that a person can expect to live in full health. That means the number doesn’t include any periods of time when a person is injured, ill or in general in less than full health.

In this category Singapore, perhaps unsurprisingly, tops the list among the countries of Southeast Asia. More impressively though it is ranked at number two overall, second only to Japan.

Another interesting point is that over the last five years only two countries have seen a reduction in this number. Philippines’ healthy life expectancy decreased by 0.1 %, while Cambodia’s decreased by a more substantial 0.8%. If the trend continues Cambodia will soon be at the bottom of the pack.

GDP per capita
Put simply, it is the country’s overall GDP divided by population of the country at the mid-point in the year. It is measured in US dollars, and gives us a general idea of the wealth of individual citizens in each country.

Singapore’s GDP per capita is in the top 40% among the advanced economies, which isn’t bad, but is dwarfed by Norway who claim number one spot with $89,818.

All the countries of Southeast Asia featured in the report have seen an increase in their GDP per capita over the last five years, with Laos making the biggest strides with a 6.2% increase.

Wealth GINI
This measures the differences in the distribution of wealth in a country. So it doesn’t tell us, for example, the difference in wealth between the richest and poorest citizen, but it does show how the wealth of a country is distributed.

Basically, the closer to zero, the more equally the wealth is distributed, and the closer to 100, the less equally the wealth is distributed.

Over the last five years all the countries in the region mentioned in the report except for Singapore have seen an increase in their wealth GINI number, meaning that the distribution of wealth in the countries has become less equal.

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