What We Do

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in around 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

Our Goals

Thailand’s emergence as a middle-income country (MIC) altered the country’s development context and the nature of Thailand’s development engagement with partners. The past country programme initiated a transition from the traditional donor-recipient relationship between Thailand and UNDP to a new relationship of mutually beneficial partnerships. Along with this transition, UNDP in Thailand has shifted its emphasis to policy support, technical assistance, and knowledge management. In this context there is an importance of linking policy with practice, which has been highlighted by UNDP's experience across all programme areas.

Social advocacy

UNDP is proud to work with the Royal Thai Government on a programme that reaches out to women in the South, having launched the Leadership Academy For Muslim Women' at Government House in December 2012. The programme provides driven and ambitious women with an opportunity to channel it for the good of the nation.more

Our stories

Small grants reducing unemployment and increasing livelihoods in southern Thailand

UNDP's STEP II Project awarded small grants to eight community projects in targeted provinces in southern Thailand (Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat). The grants are generously financed by the Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund. The small grants aim to assist local communities to become more resilient amid the ongoing violent conflict in southern Thailand, through the improvement of their livelihoods.more 

UNDP provides access to clean cooking solutions in northern Thailand
Jantip Namkam using her improved cook stove, Mae Hong Son province. Photo: UNDP Thailand/2015/Angelique Reid

In an attempt to encourage communities to use more energy efficient and environmentally friendly cooking and heating methods, UNDP Thailand’s project 'Promoting Renewable Energy in Mae Hong Son Province' in partnership with the Mae Hong Son Governor's Office, Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), and the Ministry of Energy (MoE), carried out an improved cook stoves (ICS) experiment.more 

Commercial buildings in Thailand working towards meeting energy efficiency goals
Commercial buildings in Bangkok, Thailand Photo credit: UNDP Thailand/ 2015/Angelique Reid

The PEECB project aims to support the improvement and construction of energy-saving buildings, by strengthening national capacity in promoting environment management in a sustainable manner. The project’s main goal is to reduce green-house gas emissions from Thai commercial buildings, by supporting and encouraging the use and adoption of energy efficiency technologies in the commercial sector.more 

Experts urge action on LGBTI workplace discrimination in Thailand
Participants at the meeting. Photo credit: UNDP Thailand/2016/Suparnee Pongruengphant.

Employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is a prevalent but silent issue in Thailand, said experts at a national level meeting to discuss issues related to discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (SOGIE) or intersex status.more 

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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 

  • Energy is a major concern in Thailand, as continued economic development demands more consumption and production of electricity. According to the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), energy consumption in Thailand grew more than two-fold over the past 20 years and it is expected to increase at by almost 6 per cent per year until 2021.MORE 

  • The 2011 flood disaster in Thailand was a not-so-gentle reminder that the country is prone to climate-related risks, which include intense rainfall, as well as tropical storms and cyclones, storm surges and even drought. It also reminded us that planning and coordination can reduce the negative impact of these risks and the extent to which they cause livelihood and economic damage to the country. To succeed, though, public finance needs to be aligned to climate change policies.MORE 

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