6 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty

Where we are


Thailand has shown remarkable economic growth over the last 20 years,reducing poverty from from 21 percent in 2000 to around 8.5 percent in 2007. However inequality is still pervasive. UNDP Thailand's approach to poverty reduction is a close partnership with the Royal Thai Government on a broad range of policy issues, from Overseas Development Assistance, the creation of a Creative Economy in Thailand, and promoting pro-poor development, which take into account the poorest people in Thai society.

Several decades of extensive rural development programmes undertaken by various government and non-government agencies in Thailand have resulted in overall achievement in reducing poverty, improving nutrition, and meeting basic human needs of the entire population. There are several on-going government programmes, for example, debt reduction schemes, the Village Fund, micro-credit schemes, low-cost housing and the universal health care scheme, contributing further to this success.

UNDP's work in Thailand

Human Development Index

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Targets for MDG1
  1. Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day
    • Proportion of population below $1 (PPP) per day
    • Poverty gap ratio
    • Share of poorest quintile in national consumption
  2. Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
    • Growth rate of GDP per person employed
    • Employment-to-population ratio
    • Proportion of employed people living below $1 (PPP) per day
    • Proportion of own-account and contributing family workers in total employment
  3. Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
    • Prevalence of underweight children under-five years of age
    • Proportion of population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption