Solidarity Center (SC)
Labor Program 2021
Public Summary: To further promote international labor standards and protections in Thailand, the Center will leverage global trade union networks and international mechanisms including global framework agreements (GFAs), and 1) support and strengthen efforts by its partners to organize and bargain collectively, and protect themselves from anti-union and other retaliatory measures; and 2) support and intensify efforts by migrant workers to organize, build their capacity to access social benefits and protections, and file complaints and cases through the legal system for remedies from labor rights violations.
International Republican Institute (IRI)
Inclusive Democracy and Citizen Engagement
Public Summary: To bolster democratic and inclusive political processes in Thailand, the Institute will support policy-driven campaigning at the subnational level through work with candidates and political parties across the spectrum in advance of anticipated local elections. The Institute will also foster constructive, meaningful political and civic discourse by strengthening the ability of youth to effectively and democratically engage with relevant stakeholders, including decisionmakers.
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
Promoting Local Government Responsiveness to Citizen Demands
Public Summary: To strengthen the responsiveness of local government to citizen demands in Thailand, the Institute will convene a series of workshops and provide technical assistance to civil society and provincial administrative organizations in two target provinces. Program activities will provide technical and financial support to civil society advocacy efforts and train local officials on best practices for citizen engagement, enabling more responsive local policymaking processes. NDI will provide financial assistance to two local civil society organizations to implement advocacy initiatives to address local issues of concern and will collaborate with a local institute to coordinate with local civil society networks.
Fostering Citizen Participation in Advancing Democracy and Human Rights.
Public Summary: To foster citizen engagement in advancing democracy in northeastern Thailand. The organization will strengthen a network of community groups committed to promoting democracy and facilitate their participation in debates on political and governance issues. In addition to discussion forums and trainings for activists and university students on key topics related to democratic processes and skills related to conducting public advocacy, the group will collaborate with other civil society organizations to conduct an intensive series of learning sessions for community leaders on Thai politics, the history of the democracy movement, and lessons learned that can inform the current debates calling for a democratic reform.
Supporting Grassroots Engagement in Promoting Democracy
Public Summary: To strengthen activists’ political participation and practice of democratic principles. Working with a network of activists, the group will foster conversations about the need for a democratic constitution. Activities that will serve to catalyze more inclusive discussions on the country’s political direction will include a training to help grassroots leaders understand the debates and lead conversations about the constitution as well as articulate reform priorities. A series of public events will highlight the importance of a democratic constitution and its connections to challenges local communities face.
Punch Up World Co. Ltd.
Fostering Informed Debates on Politics and Governance
Public Summary: To provide the public with independent information on and analysis of critical socio-political issues to inform policy debates and promote civic participation. Combining civic technology, data analysis of government information, and journalism, the group will develop media products and analytical pieces that aim to present policy issues in more accessible and creative ways, strengthening public understanding of the country’s political and governance processes and encouraging citizen engagement in debates on key policy issues. It will also develop accountability tools to help citizens monitor parliament and track elected officials’ voting records.
Connecting Democracy and Human Rights Principles to Local Communities’ Challenges
Public Summary: To strengthen grassroots activists’ knowledge of democracy and human rights and foster regional cooperation on democracy-building efforts. The organization will conduct a series of trainings and dialogue sessions on democratic values, active citizenship, and political participation for land rights activists and local communities in northeastern Thailand to bolster their ability to contribute to debates about policies and challenges related to democracy and political reform.
Strengthening Civil Society to Promote Democracy
Public Summary: To foster citizen engagement in advancing democracy. The organization will enhance the capacity of civil society advocates to contribute to debates on democratic policy alternatives to address social, political, and economic challenges. Activities will include a series of trainings, discussion forums, and networking opportunities that will build activists’ capacity to promote respect for democratic principles and provide them with a platform to collaborate on joint initiatives.
Thai Volunteer Service
Human Rights Volunteer Project
Public Summary: To support the development of a new generation of human rights activists. The organization will coordinate a program to place young people as volunteers with civil society groups to introduce them to human rights issues and encourage them to become active participants in the country’s human rights movement. It will also convene alumni of the program to discuss ways to collaborate on democracy advocacy.
Strengthening Activists’ Capacity to Engage in Democracy Building
Public Summary: To strengthen the capacity of activists to promote democracy. The organization will conduct a series of trainings on democracy building and best practices and lessons learned on effective activism. It will also develop an online resource center and database to provide activists with information and tools to help them engage more strategically in advocacy. The project will also provide participants with the opportunity to apply their skills in designing a joint advocacy initiative.
Asian Network for Free Elections Foundation
Supporting Youth Participation in Promoting Democracy
Public Summary: To strengthen civic and political participation and foster coordination to promote democracy. The network will organize a series of trainings and learning sessions for civic-minded actors that will support their engagement in democratic processes, enable them to more effectively contribute efforts to advance democracy, and develop linkages with other key actors in the democracy movement.
Rights for Justice Foundation
Bolstering Human Rights Protection and Access to Justice
Public Summary: To promote human rights and enhance access to justice for victims of rights violations. The program will provide legal assistance to those who are targeted by authorities for exercising their civil and political rights and freedoms. Activities will include legal aid and litigation support, monitoring and documentation of human rights violations across the country, and advocating for legal reforms.
Strengthening Grassroots Engagement in Promoting Democracy
Public Summary: To strengthen grassroots engagement in promoting democratic principles. The organization will support activists’ ability to contribute to discussions on critical democratic reforms, providing spaces to discuss and analyze key democracy and human rights topics. It will also strengthen the public’s understanding of these issues and support advocacy efforts that engage citizens to call for reforms. Activities will include trainings, local community dialogues, and public awareness-raising events.
Fostering Public Understanding and Dialogue on Political Reform
Public Summary: To foster public dialogue on democratic reform issues and strengthen citizen participation in advocating for a reform process that adheres to democratic values. The coalition will conduct public education activities to expand citizens’ understanding of the various issues at the center of calls for democratic reform, helping them to examine how the different policies and aspects of the political and governance processes impact their rights and daily lives and providing opportunities for them to articulate their views to contribute to advocacy on reforms.
Promoting Democratic Values and Fostering Critical Thinking
Public Summary: To strengthen democratic values and foster critical thinking. The organization will organize a learning process on social and political engagement for young people as well as conduct workshops for target groups in schools and in civil society more broadly on nurturing critical thinking as a means to strengthen political awareness. Other activities will include public discussions on key socio-political issues to promote open dialogue.
Supporting Local Communities to Advocate for Human Rights Protection
Public Summary: To promote community rights and empower marginalized communities to defend their rights. Project activities will include trainings on utilizing legal mechanisms to protect community rights; workshops on data collection and documentation of rights abuses; legal assistance for human rights violation cases; awareness raising on the human rights impacts of certain environmental policies; and law reform advocacy.
Rocket Media Lab
Strengthening Media Coverage of Democracy and Human Rights
Public Summary: To expand in-depth media coverage of critical democracy and human rights issues. The organization will host a web portal comprised of original research and data analyses on a range of topics related to democracy, human rights, and social issues. The organization will promote the publicly available resource among journalists to inform and improve media coverage and expand public discourse on politics and democracy.
Expanding Activists’ Capacity to Promote Democracy and Human Rights
Public Summary: To enhance the capacity of emerging activists to promote democracy and human rights. The organization will coordinate a series of trainings for advocates from different regions of the country on strategies for promoting democracy and support them to pilot creative advocacy and campaign initiatives using their new skills. Activities will also nurture cross-regional and cross-sectoral collaboration as well as focus on the development of tactical resources that capture lessons learned from the participants’ experiences
Promoting Democratic Values and Fostering Regional Discussions on Political Reform
Public Summary: To strengthen grassroots activists’ knowledge and practice of democratic principles. The organization will conduct a series of trainings on politics, democracy, and human rights; dialogue sessions with local communities; and public events to highlight challenges to democracy and to strengthen a regional civil society network that works actively for political reform.