USAID Joins Khon Kaen University to Open First Center for Civil Society and Non-Profit Management in Thailand

Mechai Viravaidaya, Chairman of the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation, in discussion with USAID Asia Director Michael Yates and USAID
Mechai Viravaidaya, Chairman of the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation, in discussion with USAID Asia Director Michael Yates and USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Greg Beck.
Richard Nyberg/USAID

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 16, 2013
Richard Nyberg
(66)-2-257-3138

BANGKOK, December 16, 2013 -- Khon Kaen University and the U.S. Agency for International Development today announced the opening of Thailand’s first Center for Civil Society and Non-Profit Management to help strengthen organizations in Thailand and Southeast Asia as they contribute to regional development.

Supported by USAID, the newly established Center at Khon Kaen University offers a curriculum and certificate and degree programs that focus on modern methods and techniques of non-profit management.  This includes use of information technology for decision-making and advocacy, and non-profit finance and fundraising.  Students will study how successful non-government and civil society leaders can mobilize their constituents and policy makers to support successful regional development.

“The mission of our Center is to build the skills of future and current professionals of non-profit organizations in Thailand and neighboring countries,” equipping them to effectively mobilize resources support development for all, said Dr. Buapun Promphakping, Director of the Center. “We now have a better understanding of what it will take for us to be successful in our own work.”

Currently, there are over 70,000 civil society and non-profit organizations in Thailand, and thousands more across Southeast Asia.  Opportunities for civil society organizations (CSOs) in new areas of work, including in strengthening democracy and local governance, are increasing.  Challenges remain for them to efficiently manage their own organizations to respond efficiently to the needs of society and to attract more students to pursue careers in the sector.

“The Center will increase the ability of CSOs to fulfill their potential in working with citizens and their governments to address the most pressing development issues,” said Michael Yates, Director of USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia.

Prior to the launch of the Center in October 2013, USAID helped organize a visit by Khon Kaen University executives to well-established non-profit management programs in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston.  

Interested students can visit the Center’s website at http://csnm.kku.ac.th, send an email to csnm@kku.ac.th or call 043-203-433 for more information.

Last updated: July 02, 2014

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