Building the Skills of the Next Generation Workforce

“Broadly speaking, critical thinking skills of Thai workers are, unfortunately, inadequate. This limits their capacity to make their own decisions in an unexpected event, without support from their boss, and puts them at a disadvantage compared with workers from other countries. If we could enhance their critical thinking and

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Leveraging human resource development to help grow the hospitality sector

“Hotels should be prepared for when the COVID-19 situation stabilizes. Employees should work together collaboratively, analyze problems and keep communicating effectively with the team. Now more than ever, building employee’s skills in the hospitality sector is crucial.”, said Ms. Pimnada Ratthakornkiatkun.
Ms. Pimnada Ratthakornkiatkun, a training and learning manager

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Connecting communities despite the pandemic

Nong Lek Samonthorn* is a student in Narathiwat, one of the southernmost provinces in Thailand, who joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Chumchon Harapan project in 2019. The aim of Chumchon Harapan is to improve social cohesion among community members, and Lek serves as a youth leader,

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These Skills Prepared One Woman for a Better Future

Shining Light on a Great Example of Community Development in Thailand
For the past seven years, Matika Wongngam has lived in a little house along an inlet springing from one of the 1,682 canals, or khlongs, that wind through Bangkok like veins from the pulsating Chao Phraya River. She’s one

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A Coffee Shop of Her Own

By the time Sunday comes around, Nattapon is exhausted.
Sunday is the last day of the week, and most weeks for Nattapon, or Guitar, as her nickname goes, are filled – with work, school, and taking care of her three-year-old son Nava. (Sometimes she even finds time to sleep, too.)

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Co-creating a safe and ethical factory environment

It was not easy for Phan Thai Van to convince the factory manager of Unigen Vietnam to halt production for 90 minutes so that workers and managers could learn about international labor standards. After all, productivity is measured in output, and in short, time is money.
“This is the first

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Volunteer Steps Up to Help the Vulnerable and Abandoned

Improving Community Health for Healthy Aging
“Will they be lonely? Will they be left alone? What will they have for breakfast, lunch and dinner?”
Wassana Tadthong worries about her elderly neighbors who have no spouse, children, or siblings remaining. With no loved ones to turn to and a social safety

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Health Official Learns Simple Steps to Active Aging

Building Health Literacy for an Aging Population in Thailand
Just as someone who saves small amounts of money consistently from an early age can accumulate tremendous wealth for their retirement, one needs to build good health habits years and even decades in advance to maintain an active lifestyle in their

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Leader Uncovers New Ideas to Care for People with Disabilities

Before entering the 10th grade, healthcare worker Dr. Hoang Manh Hoai faced the most difficult decision of his young life. A horrible spell of weather had just wiped out all the crops on his family’s farm. Worsening matters, Hoai’s father had fallen dangerously ill. With the family’s sources of income

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Why Women Workers are Struggling to Seize their Rights

Vietnam has made great strides to increase women’s participation in the economy over the past 30 years. Today, 72% of women are in the workforce, giving Vietnam one of the highest female employment rates in the world, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). That fact, to be sure, is

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