JICA Grassroots Technical Cooperation Project

Local Government Type

Thailand Rural Development Project through Community Capacity Development in Surin Province

Country Thailand
Project Title Rural Development Project through Community Capacity Development in Surin Province

Background and
Necessity of the
Project

The Community Development Provincial Office in Surin Province, where this project will be implemented, has played a central role in efforts to improve the lives of people in the province by promoting sustainable development through community capacity development. Especially in recent years, the office has focused on production and economic activities such as the OTOP (One Tambon One Product) movement.
Despite these efforts, however, the economic gap between urban and rural areas is widening. Due to this, many people seek employment in big cities, which makes rural development more difficult. It particularly affects the poor who do not have effective methods to improve their lives. With this background, the limitations of the traditional approach to development, which focuses on production, have become apparent. In order to promote rural development, a comprehensive development approach that is better suited to rural areas needs to be introduced and implemented.

Project Purpose To help producers and service providers (groups) improve their lives and build their confidence by assisting rural government development institutions to form and implement organizational structures for rural development such as “Decentralized Hands-on Exhibitions” (ONPAKU) and the “One Village One Product Movement.”
Target Group Farm producers and other service providers (groups) in Surin Province.
Activities and
Expected Outcomes

<Activities>
1. Support for holding “Decentralized Hands-on Exhibitions” (ONPAKU) utilizing local resources
2. Provide assistance for organizing technical support for selected products and services from exhibitions
3. Support to build marketplaces for products and services
4. Support to build a structure for sharing project experiences
<Outcomes>
1. Hold “Decentralized Hands-on Exhibitions” (ONPAKU) utilizing local resources
2. Technical support for selected products and services from exhibitions
3. Build marketplaces for products and services
4. Build a structure for sharing project experiences

Estimated Project Expenses May 2012 - March 2015
Implementation
Structure of the
Project
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) will implement the project with the Surin Community Development Provincial Office (Community Development Department, Ministry of Interior) as its counterpart, as well as in cooperation with the “Tambons” (administrative regions such as cities, towns or villages).


Third Year Activity Report

A project team led by GSA Professor Koichi Miyoshi and comprised of APU graduate students, APU graduates, and outside experts went to Surin Province, Kingdom of Thailand for the third year, and are giving technical guidance there.

The Decentralized Hands-on Exhibition in Surin Province, “The 3rd Khong Dee Muang Surin Festival (Surin Good Stuff Exhibition)”, was held from November 1, 2014, and local residents implemented 337 programs making use of local resources, three times as many as the first year.

Picture from the programme:
Participants experienced making Khanom chin, a type of fresh, thin rice noodles in Thai cuisine.


Picture from the programme:
Japanese students who have a homestay saying goodbye to the host family.


The project team giving technical guidance:
A Japanese NPO is giving technical guidance to pass on the Silk Culture in Surin Province.


We conducted a participatory evaluation meeting in Surin Province in February to wrap up the project. Employing the method of appreciative inquiry, we shared good experiences and lessons from the three years and discussed how we can utilise them for activities in the future.


Second Year Activity Report

A project team centering on GSA Professor Koichi Miyoshi and comprised of APU graduate students, APU graduates, and outside experts was dispatched to Surin Province, Kingdom of Thailand for the second year as well, and are giving technical guidance there.

How the program looks:
Participants experienced plant-dyeing and scarf manufacturing in a village known for plant-dyed hand-woven cotton scarves and blankets,.

The Decentralized Hands-on Exhibition in Surin Province, “the 2nd Khong Dee Muang Surin Festival (Surin Good Stuff Exhibition)”, was held for three months from November 1, 2013, and local residents implemented 192 programs making use of local resources, twice as many as last year.

We conducted a participatory evaluation meeting in Surin Province in February as a summary of the second year using photos each program provider brought and employing the method of appreciative inquiry.


The First Year  Report on the Activity

Centering on GSA Professor Koichi Miyoshi, a project team was set up, comprising APU graduate students, APU graduates, and outside experts. APU faculty members and graduate students have been dispatched as experts to Surin Province, Kingdom of Thailand, and give technical guidance there.

For one month from January 10, 2013, Onpaku (Decentralized Hands-on Exhibitions) in Surin Province, “the 1st Khong Dee Muang Surin Festival (Surin Good Stuff Exhibition)”, was held, and 97 programs were implemented in 17 districts.


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