It may seem obvious, but development cannot occur for the sake of it. It is dependent on and intrinsically linked to our growth as humans and the contributions were able to make to society, based one what support mechanisms exist to enable these contributions. This is particularly evident, as we have found, in the covid-era, when working from home became the norm and introduced a radical shift in how economonies are managed and sustained. In some ways, there is no going back to the way things were; new realities must be acknowledged, and more than being accepted, they must be embraced and built on. This issue offers a different perspective on development in ASEAN: a human one.
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