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.
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.
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
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