ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all.

What we do

We focus on the people that others forget. People in poverty. People who face discrimination. People whose voices are ignored.

We help people fight for the rights that they are denied. Simple things, like the right to eat. The right to stay on their land. To an education. To have a say in the decisions that shape their lives.

We’re not about giving handouts or telling people what to do, because in the long run we know that doesn’t work. Instead, we use our resources, influence and experience to help people find their own solutions.

We listen to what people really want and need. We help communities take action together to hold their governments to account, and we give local organisations our support where they need it. Together, we’re making a lasting difference.

  • Young people are important agents of change. They have initiated many remarkable changes in Thai politics in the past.This spirit continues in the youth’s social concerns and involvement on political, social and environmental issues, and is currently expressed through active public advocacy campaigns and more recently in social media spaces.

  • Education remains vital to reducing poverty and inequality in Thailand. Thai government provides children access to education until grade 12. However, the quality of education is still inconsistent.Due to limited number of students per school in the rural and remote areas, the Ministry of Education has issued a policy to merge and close down 7,000 small schools all over the country. Consequently, this directly affects children, their families and communities.

  • Women hold an important role in the development at different levels: family, community and society. Even though the equality of women is technically being acknowledged in Thailand, it is uneven in term of implementation.Domestic violence still occurs in society. Many people look at domestic violence as private/family issue. Besides, women do not get proper information on available protection and support mechanisms provided by government and the private sector.

  • Thailand is an agricultural country, and modern agriculture has expanded rapidly and extensively across the country with heavy investments in agricultural machinery and chemicals.This may increases production, but high costs of fuel and chemical fertilizer inputs as well as negative effects on health and environments have made many agriculturalists worse off. Many small-scale farmers have lost their lands to bigger businesses. Overall, the agricultural sector in Thailand is unstable due to land loss, debt, misuse of natural resources, lack of marketing knowledge, and health problems. 

  • On November 1, 2010 a tropical depression, which was about to become a cyclone, hit the southern part of Thailand causing a heavy storm and flash floods in many areas including the three southernmost provinces.

  • With the support from the two key players, the European Union as the funder and ActionAid Thailand as the rational actor, the project, ‘Empowerment is a Process; De-marginalisation of Hill Communities in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai Provinces’, has established as a 4-year project (1 July 2013-30 June 2017) to overcome some of the challenges of Thailand’s decentralization process, specifically those impacting the rights and participation of minority groups-the hill communities in northern Thailand.