A social justice mission in Thailand

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As Thai philanthropy changes, some of the country’s royal family have led the way

There has been a transformative shift in Thai philanthropy in the past decade. The next generation of philanthropists have much more exposure to development issues on the ground, and have learned of emerging social investment mechanisms and corporate social responsibility practices. All of this has occurred against a changing landscape in Thai politics and the economy, along with the rise of globalisation and technology.

Thai philanthropy’s contribution to society has also reached far beyond traditional development issues and in some cases also across Thailand’s national borders. In the midst of this change, members of the Thai royal family remain key conveners of certain environmental and social issues, and have become the active voices for many groups of voiceless and underserved populations.

A long tradition of service

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