Thailand has one of the strongest economies in Southeast Asia and is considered a relatively open country to conduct business. Yet, its practice of democracy is one of the weakest in the region, rated behind Myanmar, The Philippines, and Indonesia – countries it far outpaces in terms of development. By USAID estimates, Thailand ranks in the bottom third of low & middle income countries in terms of a Liberal Democracy. The 2019 General Election (the first since 2011) was widely documented as irregular: two opposition parties were dissolved under dubious conditions, the military junta re-wrote the constitution to give its party an unfair advantage, and the election was managed by a junta-appointed election commission. Political activism, peaceful assembly, and other civic engagements typical of healthy democracies are lacking, if not actively suppressed.
In stark contrast, Thailand’s civic tech environment is burgeoning with activity. Organizations like Opendream, iLaw, ELECT, The Momentum, Prachatai, The Move Forward Party (formerly Future Forward), solidarity movements between Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand as #milkteaalliance, and hundreds of student-led grassroots groups are determined to democratize their country again. Thailand is experiencing a historical transition in public sentiment – and civic minded groups all over the country are seizing the opportunity to make lasting change.
Curated by Opendream
Opendream utilizes its expertise in digital technology to innovate and develop tools targeted at areas of health, education and livelihood. We work specifically on issues that we aim to set the foundation and examples to lead sustainable changes.
We believe changes to the society would not able to be achieved through the work of one person or one organization. We actively collaborate with other organizations both in Thailand and abroad, including Google.org, UNICEF, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Chiang Mai University, AirAsia Foundation, Amnesty International and others and to make sustainable impact.
Opendream is a social enterprise that was set up in 2007.
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