SUMMARY

What Can We Learn from Thailand’s Approach to Urban Development?

One program in Thailand helps improve housing standards in poor urban areas by providing financial assistance and partnering with NGOs and communities. Photo credit: ADB.
One program in Thailand helps improve housing standards in poor urban areas by providing financial assistance and partnering with NGOs and communities. Photo credit: ADB.

Subsidies, housing grants, educational programs and the leveraging of economies of scale are being used to benefit poor urban dwellers.

Overview

Urbanization can become an effective fulcrum of development if opportunities and benefits trickle down and reach society’s most vulnerable sectors. Unfortunately, there is a tendency to overlook the welfare of the people, particularly their access to basic social services. 

At the 2016 Asian Development Bank-Asian Think Tank Development Forum in New Delhi, Nonarit Bisonyabut, research fellow at the Thailand Development Research Institute Foundation, shares the experience of Thailand in dealing with the challenges of sustainable urbanization.


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Meet the expert

  • Nonarit Bisonyabut    
    Research Fellow, Thailand Development Research Institute Foundation

    Nonarit Bisonyabut obtained his bachelor and master’s degrees in Economics from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States. His primary interests are topics that involve Thailand’s social and economic development.

   Thailand, Environment, Urban development
   Last updated: February 2017

 




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