Abuse against women still prevalent

Boonwara Sumano In December 1999, the United Nations designated Nov 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to commemorate the murder of the Mirabal sisters, the three Dominican political activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in 1960. Today marks the 20th celebration of said day, and therefore it […]

Road accidents biggest health crisis

 Jitlakha Sukruay If we go by the number of deaths, the coronavirus is not the country’s biggest health public health problem. Road accidents are. Since the coronavirus hit the country early this year, the pandemic had claimed 60 lives as of mid-September, thanks to all-out preventive measures nationwide. The coronavirus deaths in the past six […]

Bureaucratic reform – the way forward

Computer operating systems must be upgraded constantly to improve performance. The country’s operating system — the bureaucracy — has not changed in 20 years, said Dr Boonwara Sumano, TDRI Research Fellow. In her talk “State Bureaucracy as Thailand’s Operating System,” Dr Boonwara points out how the costly and gigantic officialdom operates without efficiency and responsiveness. […]

Increasing competency through smart government

Using digital data technologies to become a “smart government” is crucial if Thailand wants to restore national competency and keep up with the world. “It’s not enough for state agencies to have their digital data systems and applications,” said Itsakul Unahakate, a lecturer from the Faculty of Economic Thammasat University.  “They must give up the […]

People’s participation key to better public services

If the officialdom is the interface between the government and the populace, its archaic system urgently needs an overhaul. Comparing the Thai bureaucracy to the human-computer interface system, TDRI Senior Research Fellow Dr Kannika Thampanishvong said the officialdom is the obsolete 1.0 version, unable to meet user needs and ridden with inefficiency. “Because the interface […]

Eradicating outdated laws to boost national competency

Laws and regulations are comparable to machine code instruction executed by computers. If code is written correctly, the computer can function properly; however, if programmers write code poorly, the computer will not function well or will not even function at all. In Thailand, there is red tape and a number of outdated laws that obstruct […]

Hacking the Operating System of the Thai State: Learning from Handling the Covid-19 Crisis to Prepare for New Challenges

If Thailand is a computer, its bureaucracy is an outdated operating system that needs a drastic upgrade to restore system competency, a move that must start with a new inclusive constitution, said Dr Somkiat Tangkitvanich, president of Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). “It is mandatory for Thailand to reform the bureaucracy. Like an old computer, […]

The future is not mass tourism

Adis IsrangkuraKanjana Yasen True, the tourism industry is the country’s biggest income earner. But the massive influx of tourists far exceeds the country’s carrying capacity which has dealt a heavy toll on the natural environment. True, the global Covid-19 pandemic has brought the tourism industry to a standstill, destroying businesses and millions of jobs. But […]

Big data to keep Thai workers afloat

Winit Theanvanichpant Since the coronavirus pandemic hit Thailand early this year, businesses have been falling like dominoes. Millions of people have lost their jobs in the country’s worst economic downturn in recent memory. Yet some jobs have survived the pandemic better than others. Which are they? Why are they resilient to the crisis? What jobs […]

Time to give child protection a boost

Boonwara SumanoNatinee Na Chiangmai  In the first half of this year, there were numerous reports of violence against children. Many of these cases share a similar pattern — those responsible for the violence are people close to the child. According to statistics from the 1300 hotline, from October 2018 to September 2019, reports of violence against […]

Win-win solution for forests, people

Kannika ThampanishvongNatthaporn Butpho One of the reasons is the lack of understanding of how sustainable agriculture benefits farmers’ livelihoods, the environment and public health.?  Meanwhile, decades of intensive chemical farming have produced ample evidence of how harmful it is to the environment and public well-being. Apart from severely affecting farmers’ health, toxic from chemicals lead to […]

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