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Assessment of Capacities of TAOs and CBOs for Local Development in Thailand

  • Darin Khongsatjaviwat
  • Jayant K. RoutrayEmail author

Abstract

Under the decentralized development planning process, the role and contributions of local governments as well as local institutions are becoming more important in each and every country irrespective of their overall economic development. Thailand, as a middle income and newly industrialized country, is no exception. Over the past several decades, efforts are being made to decentralize the planning and development process with a participatory approach and strong focus on people-centered development. At the local level, the Tambon Administrative Organization (TAO), as local self-government, and a number of community-based organizations (CBOs) are currently engaged in the local development process and development consequent on the introduction of decentralized development planning for more than 15 years. The development goals of these two institutions at the local levels in rural areas are primarily the same, but the roles, contributions, and processes are different. An attempt is made in this chapter to assess their capacities and contributions in catalyzing local development and also fulfilling the needs of the people within their areas of operations as well as limitations. In terms of their capacities and contributions, CBOs are better placed than the TAOs. CBOs work more closely with the people and try to meet the social, economic, and environmental as well as natural resource development needs.

Keywords

Local development Community-based organization Tambon administrative organization Thailand 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Faculty of Social SciencesNaresuan UniversityPhitsanulokThailand
  2. 2.Asian Institute of TechnologyKlong LuangThailand

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