UNDP Anti-Corruption Initiative

The Problem

Corruption is a serious national problem in Thailand. As recently as June 2012, several major news media sources reported that a majority (63.4%) of Thai people still hold the view that corruption in government is acceptable as long as they also benefit from it according to a recent ABAC poll.

The Solution

In order to engage the public about the moral consequences of inaction and to raise public awareness about reducing corruption in Thai society, a wider channel is needed. UNDP aims to reach the Thai public in more intimate settings and in an atmospheres that will invite active and collective participation.

Creating a New Generation of Leaders

Starting with just 36 students from 15 universities, the Thai Youth Anti-Corruption Network, sponsored by UNDP Thailand has grown into a truly national network of over 3,400 students from 90 Thai universities. more



Corruption takes various forms and at different levels, ranging from taking a percentage bribe of the value of public procurement contracts to being solicited by a government office or school for pursuit of normal public services.  Causes of corruption in public sector are numerous, but chief among them is the system which has allowed state officials excessive power, influential individuals to take precedence over law enforcement, and corrupt officials to exploit ordinary citizens for group and individual interests. A wide range of preventive anti-corruption policies/measures and a comprehensive regulatory regime are needed to be put in place to tackle corruption effectively. Interaction and creation of several agencies are also required to put these anti-corruption policies into practice. 

Despite some progress towards anti-corruption being made, evidence seems to suggest that corruption practices have changed as well. Whereas in the past, politicians simply demanded kickbacks from the business/private sector, the current politicians in power might lay down rules, regulations, and policies that work in their favour, leading to a “lawful” form of corruption. 

Recent activities

  • From left to right: Associate Professor, Mr. Treenate Sarapong, Vice President, Ubon Ratchathani University; Mr. Virat Techanirattisai, General Manager, True Lifestyle Retail, Co. Ltd.; Mr. Luc Stevens, UN Resident Coordinator/ UNDP Representative; Dr. Mana Nimitmongkol, Manager, Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand; and Dr. Siripong Preysiri, Assistant to President, Khon Kaen University

    UNDP and partners establish “Refuse to be corrupt” café project
      Refuse to be corrupt cafe

     “Refuse to be corrupt” café project helps Thai youth to map out their plans to tackle corruption within their universities, communities and beyond The United Nationsmore

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Corruption: Whose Problem Is It? (Full)
Public Service Announcements

Corruption eats away at your future one piece at a time. (Thai)