Time for action on low birth rate crisis

While changes in the criteria determining who is eligible for the old-age allowance by the outgoing Prayut Chan-o-cha government caused a stir, the issue of a low birth rate – another important aspect of Thailand’s aged society – has not been discussed much.          The issue only gained short-lived public attention as Public Health Minister Dr […]

Toward Universal Welfare System: Leaving No One Behind

Social welfare is not about charities for the poor. It is a crucial policy tool to bridge the wealth gap and defuse the social timebomb from Thailand’s scandalous inequalities.  We also have enough money to do it. But how? Dr Somchai Jitsuchon, Research Director of Inclusive Development and Dr Boonwara Sumano, Senior Research Fellow at […]

Suggestions for poverty reduction policy-making

Welfare card, also known as card for the poor, has already been launched and distributed. The cabinet is busy addressing its aftermaths: unreadiness and insufficiency of electronic data capture (EDC) machines; card welfare abuse (exchange of card for cash); and budget leakage to the subrogated poor. Hence, before the database of low-income earners will be […]