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Seminar

Referendum 2024 and the Way to Constitutional Amendment

Seminar Series on Democratization

Thailand's 2017 Constitution has been a subject of controversy due to its origin under the military junta. The demand for its amendment was central to the 2023 general election and the 2020-2021 mass protest movement. According to a study approved by the cabinet, a series of three referendums are required to gauge public opinion. Amending the Referendum Act, B.E. 2564, is seen as a crucial first step toward facilitating constitutional amendment.

Discussion

Roundtable Discussion with German MP: Strengthening Economic Security

European and Southeast Asian Perspectives on Navigating the New Normal in Global Supply Chains

In recent years, international supply chains – the backbone of global commerce – have encountered unprecedented challenges. The shift towards protectionism marked by the "America First" policies of the Trump administration, including the US-China trade war, was just the beginning of a process at play since 2017. Then, the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic dealt a significant blow to global supply chains, disrupting transport lines and production cycles worldwide. As the global economy was still grappling with the aftermath of the pandemic, Russia's invasion of Ukraine triggered direct disruptions in supply chains, compounded by a sanctions war against the aggressor that catalyzed pre-existent attempts to reshape supply chains away from the West. These events have accelerated changes and reshaped global supply lines.

Workshop

Democratic Youth Network of the Thai Parliament 2024 (Southern Province)

Youth Leadership as Citizens for the Sustainable Development with Democratic Values

The Secretariat of the House of Representatives and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung cooperatively provide civic education for youth with the knowledge/information they need for being quality citizens. It also supports the Parliamentary Democracy Youth Network to increase their group working skill and number of members. In this year, UNDP Thailand will cooperatively join the event, contributing on the topic of sustainable development to strengthen youth network on this issue. This project expects that democracy promotion among the Thai youth will bring about greater potential and continuity.

Workshop

Democratic Youth Network of the Thai Parliament 2024 (Eastern Province)

Youth Leadership as Citizens for the Sustainable Development with Democratic Values

The Secretariat of the House of Representatives and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung cooperatively provide civic education for youth with the knowledge/information they need for being quality citizens. It also supports the Parliamentary Democracy Youth Network to increase their group working skill and number of members. In this year, UNDP Thailand will cooperatively join the event, contributing on the topic of sustainable development to strengthen youth network on this issue. This project expects that democracy promotion among the Thai youth will bring about greater potential and continuity.

Workshop

Democratic Youth Network of the Thai Parliament 2024 (Northeastern Province)

Youth Leadership as Citizens for the Sustainable Development with Democratic Values

The Secretariat of the House of Representatives and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung cooperatively provide civic education for youth with the knowledge/information they need for being quality citizens. It also supports the Parliamentary Democracy Youth Network to increase their group working skill and number of members. In this year, UNDP Thailand will cooperatively join the event, contributing on the topic of sustainable development to strengthen youth network on this issue. This project expects that democracy promotion among the Thai youth will bring about greater potential and continuity.

Workshop

Democratic Youth Network of the Thai Parliament 2024 (Northern Province)

Youth Leadership as Citizens for the Sustainable Development with Democratic Values

The Secretariat of the House of Representatives and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung cooperatively provide civic education for youth with the knowledge/information they need for being quality citizens. It also supports the Parliamentary Democracy Youth Network to increase their group working skill and number of members. In this year, UNDP Thailand will cooperatively join the event, contributing on the topic of sustainable development to strengthen youth network on this issue. This project expects that democracy promotion among the Thai youth will bring about greater potential and continuity.

Discussion

Roundtable Discussion with German MPs: Steering the Course of Digitalization

A Thai-German Exchange on Chances and Challenges of Digital Economy

The digital economy, characterized by the use of digital technologies and electronic communication, spans diverse sectors such as e-commerce, digital marketing, financial services, software development, and cloud services, to name only a few. This economic model has brought about a substantial shift towards online business interactions, enhancing user experiences, expediting processing, and facilitating easier access to services and products.

Forum

COP28 and the Way Forward

Media Dialogue Forum 6 of 2023

Although some breakthroughs have been made on many fronts at COP28, including the creation of the Loss and Damage Fund, much still remains to be seen, especially the vague term of “transition away” from fossil fuels for the mitigation front rather than phasing out of phasing down fossil fuels. The Dialogue will grapple with the implications of COP28 and what it means for tackling climate change actions going forward.

Seminar

Year-end Seminar for Project Assessment 2023

KAS-PDA Project to Promote the Social Market Economy Principle

Seminar

Conservation of Doi Luang Chiang Dao Forest

Sustainable Development and Solution to the Problems of Climate Change and PM 2.5

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KASSID Winter Meeting 2022: International Cooperation Toward Global Challenges

Non-Violent Communication and Capacity Building for Preparedness in challenging contexts

On 6-7 December 2022, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Thailand organized the “KASSID Winter Meeting 2022: International Cooperation Toward Global Challenges” for its KASSID scholars from batch 1 and 2 at the Jasmine City Hotel in Bangkok. The meeting started with an ice-breaking activity followed by educational updates and progress in social work of each scholar. Considering global trends such as repression in democracy in many countries, and geopolitical tensions affecting our lives in all dimensions directly and indirectly, the KAS invited Assoc. Dr. Jittipat Poonkham from Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University to give a lecture on international relations and cooperation. The lecture provided the scholars with an overview of the global situation, background of challenges, including different policies, values, and norms of the great powers and other organizations. After the lecture, the KASSID scholars were assigned to do three consecutive workshops to brainstorm and address issues at regional and global level. The speaker also asked them to prioritize those challenges and propose policies to MPs or policy makers to tackle such complications. From this session, the scholars learned that problems at the regional and global level are interconnected with different layers and complexity. Therefore, regional and international cooperation is needed to solve or mitigate the challenges. The scholars addressed following issues as their top priorities: human rights, democracy, equality, decentralization, sustainable social welfare, effective management of public tax, climate change mitigation, including access to free and high quality education for all.

"New Electoral-Laws: Who benefits?"

The panel-talk "New Electoral-Laws: Who benefits?" was organized by the Secretariat of the House of Representatives and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. Three highly regarded experts on the matter discussed whether or not the recent electoral developments are good for political participation and for the image of the legal institution.

Input from Social Market Economy and the Development of Vocational Education

A Cooperation between Educational Institutes, Entrepreneurs and Industries

Forum 21 – inspired by Social Market Economy and the dual/ vocational education system – wants to encourage cooperation between educational institutions and entrepreneurs in the eastern region of Thailand – so the former can keep up with the changes and demands from the latter. But the value of this project is not only educational but also intents to provide a platform for the different parties to come together, mingle and network.

Locality is Everyone’s Matter — Towards Sustainable Local Governance

The UNDP Thailand & the Parliament Committee on Decentralization (CDLA) in cooperation with the KAS Thailand organized the event "Locality is Everyone’s Matter — Towards Sustainable Local Governance" at the Rajabhat Phranakhon University.

Thailand in 2023: Public policy’s trends, issues and innovation

On Saturday, November 19, 2022 the Institute of Democratization Studies (iDS), with the support of KAS Thailand, organized the discussion on “Thailand in 2023: Public policy’s trends, issues and innovation"

My Better Country Hackathon #12

Workshop Series

My Better Country Hackathon #12 took place on Sunday, 6 November 2022. The activity was held by the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission (OPDC) under the project “Workshop Series on Open and Innovative Government in Thailand” with the support of the KAS.

Social Protection for the Vulnerable Population in Northeastern Thailand

A Public Service Perspective

A workshop on “Social Protection for the Vulnerable Population in Northeastern Thailand: A Public Service Perspective” was held today (2 Nov 2022) in Khon Kaen by COLA, KKU with the support of the KAS in Thailand.

Constitutionalism and Political Party Design

A comparative View

On 8 August 2022, KAS, the Institute of Democratization Studies (IDS) and King Prajadhipok's Institute (KPI) co-organized an online seminar on "Constitutionalism and Political Party Design: A Comparative View " in order to discuss the role of constitutions in designing political party systems and their related implications for party voters and society.

Micro-entrepreneurship Input from the Social Market Economy and Exchange with Local Officials

(Workshop I: Nonthaburi Province)

On August 25, 2022, Forward Foundation with the support of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and under cooperation of Nonthaburi Provincial Hall had organized the Workshop Series on Micro-entrepreneurship Input from the Social Market Economy and Exchange with Local Officials. It was hold at Nonthaburi Palace for 41 participants from several sectors. The participants were from Nonthaburi Provincial Administrative Organization, Subdistrict Administrative Organization, and government officers of the Nonthaburi Provincial Hall who work in community development sector. Aside from these, there were also the committee members of community enterprises, community leaders, as well as community health volunteers. The opening ceremony was addressed by the vice Governor of Nonthaburi Province. He showed his appreciation toward the workshop and also provided the concept of ‘Sufficient Economy’.

Ukraine, Europe, Asia and the World: Current Geopolitical Implications of the War in Ukraine

"Europe in Review" Online Conference #1

The first “EiR” online panel discussion in 2022, organized by the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in Thailand, focused on different strands of geopolitical implications of the war in Ukraine, which were analysed with a region-specific focus. The organizers emphasized that, during currently challenging times, it is even more crucial to highlight the impacts of developments in Europe for Southeast Asia and vice versa. Thereby, it is eminent to define conditions of rules and trust to tackle regional and global challenges in an all-encompassing manner. Discussions and exchange between academic, governmental offices, media and civil society make up a cornerstone of this engagement.