Thailand’s Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Development Vol. 1

01 Jan 2006


Thailand has made remarkable progress in the fields of social and economic development in recent decades, which enabled Thailand to become a middle-income country. According to the first Thailand Millennium Development Goals Report, 2004, Thailand has already reached almost all targets set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Therefore, Thailand has set more ambitious targets, called MDG Plus, that go well beyond the internationally agreed MDG targets.

The development examples of many innovative projects under the royal patronage of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej are particularly valuable, and His Majesty’s philosophy on “Sufficiency Economy” has become a key principle in Thailand’s national development plan and practices.

As Thailand succeeded in its development during the past four decades, The Royal Thai Government has shared its knowledge and experiences with other developing countries, especially its neighbors in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS), through technical cooperation and human resource development. Helping the development of neighboring countries is among the highest priorities of Thai foreign policy. This has led to Thailand becoming a training and resource center for development, especially for scholars and practitioners from other developing countries.

The Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the main Government’s coordinating body for technical and development assistance, including managing Thailand’s Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Working closely with TICA and supporting Thailand as an active donor of the South is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Thailand. We at TICA would like to express our gratitude to UNDP for its new initiatives to further strengthen Thailand’s efforts in South-South cooperation and aid effectiveness. In recognizing the value of Thailand’s development experiences and expertise, UNDP has provided generous support and finding to this publication on “Thailand’s Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Development”.

The publications provide an overview and some examples of Thailand’s areas of expertise and development achievements (Volume 1), as well as providing and evidence-based resource mapping of national institutions in the country, called “Sources of Expertise for Thailand’s Best Practices in Development” (Volume 2). We also appreciate the efforts of the Kenan Institute Asia in collecting, analyzing and summarizing Thailand’s varied and extensive development experiences.

It is our hope that this publication will be useful to the Thai Government as an advocacy tool to promote Thailand’s development achievements and its available resource centers, as well as for strategic development cooperation programs with other developing countries and partners.

Apinan Phatarathiyanon
Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency


  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Development in Support of a Sufficiency Economy
  • Community-based Economic Development
  • Public Health
  • Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy
  • Tourism
  • Other Development Expertise Available in Thailand