Democratic Governance

UNDP's partnership on democratic governance in Thailand is targeted at both ends of the democracy spectrum – the decentralized grassroots level and the central national level. At the local level, UNDP supports on-going efforts to promote participatory development planning and decision-making, building capacity for effective implementation of poverty reduction and development programmes, the empowerment of women, and works to create a stronger voice for people in local governance.


At the national level, UNDP provides strategic support to Thai institutions, both governmental and non-governmental, working in areas such as decentralization, civic education, anti-corruption, rule of law, transparency, right to information, women's political empowerment, and human rights. UNDP also facilitates policy dialogue and knowledge-sharing within Thailand, as well as with other countries faced with similar middle-income country (MIC) challenges.

Using Journalism to Promote Peace

UNDP is using alternative media as a means of promoting peace in conflict-affected areas through its Southern Thailand Empowerment and Participation (STEP) Project. The Southern Border Young Journalism School created an way for local people to have easy and reliable information and take into account gender perspectives.more

Our stories

Duangsuda Srangamphai and Chehyoy Dama in Pattani province. Photo credit: UNDP Thailand/2016/ Angelique Reid

Childhood friends uplifting women affected by conflict in southern Thailand

Childhood friends Duangsuda Srangamphai and Chehyoy Dama, originally from Thienya village, Pattani province in southern Thailand, recently established a community enterprise called Thienya Roasted Coconut to uplift the spirits of women from their village who have been affected by conflict.more 

Aka Samahe paints a model Kole boat at his workshop in Datoh Panyang village, Yaring district, Pattani province. ©UNDP Thailand /2015 /Angelique Reid

Fisherman provides employment opportunities for young people in southern Thailand

Aka who is a fisherman by trade, makes the model boats to supplement his income to support his wife and six children. However, since June 2015, Aka has being imparting his boat making skills with young men in the village after receiving a small grant from UNDP’s Southern Thailand Empowerment and Participation (STEP) Project.more 

Our projects

  • Southern Thailand Empowerment and Participation (STEP) Project

    UNDP is working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enhance community empowerment and public participation in local governance processes in Southern Thailand, focusing on capacity development of community-based organizations and local government.more 

  • Advancing Anti-Corruption Effort in Thailand - A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

    Corruption is a serious national problem in Thailand. 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.more