Democracy, Human Rights and Governance
USAID works to enhance the role of civil society organizations (CSOs), emphasizing the need to develop cooperative relationships with agencies of the Royal Thai Government. USAID aims to enhance the capacity of CSOs, to encourage constructive dialogue between citizens and government and to work with both sectors to help mitigate social tension in troubled areas of the country. This important work also supports collaboration between CSOs and the Thai government—particularly independent agencies—to strengthen participatory democracy and increase the role of citizens in governance.
The USAID-supported MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) Foundation educates young people about the dangers of being defrauded or coerced into forced labor, servitude or sexual exploitation. Engaging events and outreach are held in areas where people are particularly vulnerable to trafficking.
USAID’s HIV/AIDS program in Thailand focuses on identifying and addressing the needs of most-at-risk populations and people living with HIV/AIDS, while developing replicable models for HIV prevention and care. This is accomplished by improving the service-delivery and program-management capabilities of civil society and local non-governmental organizations. USAID helps mitigate the spread of avian influenza, malaria and tuberculosis, and assists Thailand in building its research ability in infectious diseases, tracking their spread and training researchers and caregivers. Through a two-year grant, USAID provides government-to-government assistance in malaria control to the Royal Thai Government Ministry of Public Health, Bureau of Vector-Borne Diseases.
Environment and Global Climate Change
USAID shares innovative policies, practices and technologies through regional networks and organizations that assist Thailand’s efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change, promote low emissions development, improve greenhouse gas accounting, increase financing for climate change projects, protect forests and conserve biodiversity. A challenge to biodiversity is the illegal wildlife trade, which damages ecosystems and threatens species throughout Asia. Wildlife traffickers operate within and across countries, and Thailand often serves as a trans-shipment point. In response, USAID supports Thailand’s participation in a regional anti-trafficking network that trains police, customs officials, national park personnel and judiciary bodies while strengthening cross-border, multi-agency cooperation.
Economic Growth and Trade
Thailand’s continued progress is linked to its ability to enhance trade and technical cooperation with its Southeast Asian neighbors. USAID’s support to ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum furthers Thailand’s efforts as a leading member of these regional bodies. These efforts are leading to greater regional economic integration and cooperation on issues of mutual interest to the United States and Thailand.
Working in Crises and Conflict
In southern Thailand, USAID supports several initiatives that address the causes and consequences of violent conflict, helping people affected by the violence and supporting community media. USAID also supports conflict resolution efforts and aims to build trust within communities, and between citizens and their government. In northwestern Thailand, USAID helps improve conditions for marginalized populations who are displaced by the ongoing conflict in eastern Burma.
Highlights of Our Work
- In Chiang Mai, approximately 20,000 youth attended an MTV EXIT anti-trafficking concert, and campaign messages reached more than half a million users online via social networking websites.
- The USAID-supported HIV program provided over 12,000 people in Thailand with HIV prevention education and distribution of condoms.
- USAID supported the launch of Let’s Talk Rights, the first TV talk show in the Thai mainstream media that convenes government officials and Thai citizens on the same stage and averages nearly 10,000 viewers per episode.
Last updated: January 12, 2015