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Assessment of Development Results - Thailand

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This report examines the strategic relevance and positioning of UNDP support, and its contribution to the development of Thailand under the two recent country programmes for 2002-2006 and 2007-2011. As Thailand has become a middle-income country, UNDP has been seeking to reposition itself, making an effort to shift its approach from a project-based one to policy-level support. However, it has still been running projects that are often parallel to national programmes and activities, relying on the funds it has raised. With shrinking funding base, this mode of operation has put a limitation on the impact it could have. The report found high expectations among the Thai people for UNDP to represent and promote the values that UN espouses.

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UNDP’s strategic positioning

The UNDP-Thailand partnership has covered a number of areas including technical assistance, project support, policy dialogue, research and publication, capacity development, and advocacy. UNDP has developed a long-term trusted partnership with the Government at the national, provincial, and local levels. UNDP’s credibility derives from its impartiality and neutrality. Unlike other organizations, UNDP has extended its support to address a wide range of concerns in many sectors. UNDP also takes a leadership role in supporting South-South cooperation through TICA, as well as providing support for Thailand to achieve its MDG-Plus targets. In general, most of the stakeholders expressed moderate satisfaction with UNDP’s strategic positioning in group interviews and surveys. This chapter assesses the extent to which UNDP has strategically positioned itself to Thailand’s development goals.

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