The Globe as you know it is changing.
Coming June 2019

  • More thought-provoking stories that inspire
  • Independent, free and member-supported
  • Vote for, pitch and commission stories
  • Member engagement with our journalists

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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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Sponsored / Insuring Cambodia’s future

Posted on: May 2, 2018 | Special Reports

Manulife has become a household name in the country’s young life insurance sector, offering education and financial protection so that Cambodians can focus on the future and navigate moments of loss without financial burden

Robert Elliott cuts a ribbon at the opening ceremony of Manulife’s Banteay Meanchey branch in January 2018

Early last year, Siv Socheat decided to set aside a small portion of her income to pur-chasing life insurance policies from Manu-life Cambodia. The 36-year-old chef from Battambang province wanted to be sure that her family was taken care of by her life and savings insurance plans if anything ever happened to her.

Late last year, Socheat sadly passed away from an unexpected chronic illness. It is in times such as these when customers see the “moment of truth” from their Manulife policy, according to the company’s Cambodia CEO Robert Elliott, “because you are buying an intangible product.”

“We have a simple claims process, which we explain to customers so that they don’t have to worry about being burdened further during their time of grieving. When we get a claim…we aim to pay it out within about seven to eight days. It’s an efficient system and it’s absolutely vital that we do that,” Elliott added. “It’s very important to our customers.”

Socheat’s mother said the Manulife process to claim money from her daughter’s insurance plans had made a heartbreaking situation easier to navigate.

“My daughter has passed away, but she has left her love for me by securing my future stability with Manulife,” said Keo Kimny.

Manulife had been in business internation-ally since 1887 in Canada and entered Asia a decade later. However, the life insurance sector in Cambodia was non-existent up until six years ago, when Manulife first entered the market.

“Life insurance is a new industry to Cam-bodia, but it’s thriving,” Manulife Cambodia’s Elliott said.

Manulife Cambodia’s CEO Robert Elliott

Since 2012, the company has built up over 300 staff, 3,000 local insurance advisers, partnered with five banks in the country and currently insures more than 59,000 Cambodians for a collective $1.2 billion. The company has also invested in educat-ing the population about the benefit of life insurance and financial literacy, hosted free public seminars on long-term financial plan-ning and important health related topics and contributed over 5,000 children’s helmets to schools in an effort to cut down on child injuries and fatalities in traffic accidents.

“When we [asked ourselves] ‘why are we here,’ it was to build a better financial future for Cambodian families,” Elliott said. “[Life insurance] gives people financial security and it allows people to plan for long term. It allows people to be able to plan for their retirement and their children’s education.”

Elliott said he took pride in the passion and skill of his Cambodia team and knew that the group was fulfilling its mission to make a positive impact on local society by educating and insuring them.

Kimny’s experience reflected this. She said the company’s expertise had been invalua-ble and that her family felt empowered by their understanding of their rights through Manulife insurance policies.

Kimny added that if nothing unfortunate happened by the end of the policy term, she would still receive her benefit with some additional interest.

“I am planning to use Manulife Education Protector for my grandchildren to secure their future education,” she said, citing one of Manulife’s policies allowing customers to plan for their children’s high school or university education. “I told my son that by saving up with Manulife, if one day I have to leave this world, my love for you is still around because your financial future is protected.”