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 more than 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

  • Goats at Barakat Farm, Muang district, Pattani province. ©UNDP Thailand /2015 /Angelique Reid

    Small grants reducing unemployment and increasing livelihoods in southern Thailand
    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

  • Civil society members attend Peace Media Day event. Photo Credit: UNDP Thailand

    International Day of Peace | 'Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for all'
    International Day of Peace 'Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for all'

    Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.more

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  • Newly released Eastern Sarus cranes with radio transmitter and tracking devices attached to monitor their movements. Photo credit: Kajornyot Krunkitsatien/ Zoological Park Organization

    Eastern Sarus cranes released into their natural habitat through reintroduction programme
    Eastern Sarus cranes released into their natural habitat through reintroduction programme

    Twelve Eastern Sarus cranes were released into their natural habitat at Huay Jorrakaemak Reservoir Non-Hunting Area, in Buriram province. The event was part of the Eastern Sarus crane reintroduction programme implemented by the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand, in cooperation with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. In Thailand, the species became extinct in the wild in the 1980s with only a few remaining cranes residing in zoos.more

Our projects

STEP Project

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

Anti -Corruption Project

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

Promoting energy efficiency in commercial buildings

Promoting Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (PEECB)

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

Climate Change for Finance

Climate Change Finance

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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