Hello our readers! Season’s greetings but first….long time no see! We are very sorry not to keep up with our activities recently, but we’re back!

Our last work of 2017 has been in Thailand for officially starting off our first JICA’s technical cooperation project, “Community-based Entrepreneurship Promotion” (D-HOPE Project). It is a 4 year project, which covers at least 45 provinces among 76 provinces! However the Thai government is willing to introduce D-HOPE in the entire country as a country policy together with their OTOP policy, so we’ll see how this goes!

We are starting with 9 provinces (Surin, Chang Mai, Chonburi, Tran, Mukdahan, Nakhon Panom, Lamphun, Ranong, Chanthaburi) for the first year of the project and the first activity will be in Japan to train strategic group members at central and provincial level to create their D-HOPE-focused action plans in February.

We already can hear you saying “45 provinces in 4 years is visionary or unrealistic?

A good country policy covers at least 10% of its target as it’s said! Within the last couple of weeks, we have been talking to the directors of all bureaus and offices in the community development department of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Royal government of Thailand to explain the basic idea of D-HOPE! As well as the governors of Mukdahan and Nakhon Panom province, and they are all willing to collaborate with this project. Many feels this would complemente existing policies and support some of the performance indicators, which we are also going to introduce an evaluation, which utilizes multivariate analysis for the first time in D-HOPE.

We are very optimistic as usual about the future progress and success of this project and very excited to collaborate with our counterparts! We’ll keep you posted!

Thank you for all your support during 2017 and hope to hear and see you all 2018!


Merry Christmas and Happy new year,

by Institute for Community Design


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