UNDP Thailand signs strategic collaboration agreement with the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission and other stakeholders to set up Government Innovation Lab pushing forward Thailand 4.0

Jun 19, 2017

Ceremony of the Government Innovation Lab project (GovLab). The project marks the first government cost-sharing project between UNDP Thailand and the Thai Government and will strengthen the collaboration across sectors to put policy innovation at the core of the government’s push for transformational change in bureaucratic structures and to reform public service delivery systems with a citizen-centered approach.

BANGKOK, 19 June 2017 - Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam presided over the launch

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between UNDP Thailand Country Office, the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission (OPDC), Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), Thammasat University (TU) and, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) and key ministries including Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Public Health. These ministries are the hosts of the four first phase of pilot projects.

The project takes inspiration from several successful government innovation labs around the world, such as MindLab in Denmark, PolicyLab in the U.K, GovLab in the U.S., DesignGov in Australia, Service Design Lab in Singapore, and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.

In 2017, the Government Innovation Lab in Thailand will include two components:

1.     Training of trainers: With international design thinking experts, conduct training for selected government representatives, known as the iTeam, changing their mindsets and building their capacity to lead design thinking processes in their respective ministries.

2.     Pilot projects: Together with four key ministries and international design thinking experts, identifykey issues, develop policy and process ideas for solution, prototype and test these ideas, all with an aim to improve public services delivery through design thinking and citizens’ engagement.

The 4 pilot projects will address cueing systems at public hospitals, ISO certification processes, registration and approval of new herbal medicine products, and social protection payments to the elderly.