UNDP Anti-Corruption Initiative

The Problem

Corruption is a serious national problem in Thailand. As recently as June 2012, several major news media sources reported that a majority (63.4%) of Thai people still hold the view that corruption in government is acceptable as long as they also benefit from it according to a recent ABAC poll.

The Solution

In order to engage the public about the moral consequences of inaction and to raise public awareness about reducing corruption in Thai society, a wider channel is needed. UNDP aims to reach the Thai public in more intimate settings and in an atmospheres that will invite active and collective participation.

Creating a New Generation of Leaders

Starting with just 36 students from 15 universities, the Thai Youth Anti-Corruption Network, sponsored by UNDP Thailand has grown into a truly national network of over 3,400 students from 90 Thai universities. more



Corruption takes various forms and at different levels, ranging from taking a percentage bribe of the value of public procurement contracts to being solicited by a government office or school for pursuit of normal public services.  Causes of corruption in public sector are numerous, but chief among them is the system which has allowed state officials excessive power, influential individuals to take precedence over law enforcement, and corrupt officials to exploit ordinary citizens for group and individual interests. A wide range of preventive anti-corruption policies/measures and a comprehensive regulatory regime are needed to be put in place to tackle corruption effectively. Interaction and creation of several agencies are also required to put these anti-corruption policies into practice. 

Despite some progress towards anti-corruption being made, evidence seems to suggest that corruption practices have changed as well. Whereas in the past, politicians simply demanded kickbacks from the business/private sector, the current politicians in power might lay down rules, regulations, and policies that work in their favour, leading to a “lawful” form of corruption. 

Recent Action

  • UNDP Thailand/ Mark S. Cogan | Atom Govlabel, a student at Ubon Ratchathani University gives a rousing speech to 1,500+ students in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center on December 9.

    Students crowd Bangkok on Anti-Corruption Day, December 9

    Taking a personal stand against corruption, more than 1,500 university students from all over Thailand came by bus, by car, and by plane to meet atmore

  • UNDP Thailand | University students like Sayuti Salam (right) have fueled UNDP's Anti-Corruption Initative, which now boasts more than 1,500 students from 90 universities across Thailand.

    Student anti-corruption movement gains momentum

    “I realize the problem of corruption—there is a lot of it in Thailand, but I didn’t know what I could do," said a frustrated Sayuti Salam,more

  • The private sector-led Anti-Corruption Network and UNDP signed a partnership on 23 August, aiming to promote dialogue and develop anti-corruption advocacy campaigns in Thailand.

    UNDP and private-sector anti-corruption network sign partnership

    BANGKOK - The growing coalition against corruption in Thailand got a major boost today, Thursday, 23 August when the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and themore

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  • UNDP Thailand/Mark S. Cogan : Student leaders gathered in Khon Kaen June 22-25 for UNDP's anti-corruption camp, a partnership with Khon Kaen University.

    University networks formed at UNDP anti-corruption camp

    KHON KAEN - UNDP held a weekend camp for university student leaders to educate them about the many dangers of corruption in Thai society andmore

Corruption: Whose Problem Is It? (Full)
Public Service Announcements

Corruption eats away at your future one piece at a time. (Thai)