Friends From Thailand (FFT)

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History

The Friends from Thailand (FFT) Volunteer Programme is part of Thailand’s existing forms
of development cooperation which also include the dispatch of Thai experts abroad human resource development programme and development cooperation projects conducted overseas. The volunteer programme aims to localize these development projects to reach local communities and peoples, which would strengthen Thailand’s role as a partner for development cooperation consistent with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). Moreover, the FFT volunteers are also instrumental in fostering partnerships
and in bolstering good sentiments towards Thailand at the local and people-to people levels. Domestically, the programme serves as channels, through which young Thais can realize their potential and enhance their abilities in working
at the international level. The FFT Volunteer Programme was approved by the Royal Thai Cabinet on 4 March 2003.

Programme Purposes

1. To strengthen Thailand’s role and standing on the international stage
2. To promote good partnerships and sentiments towards Thailand
at the people-to-people level
3. To diversity Thailand’s forms in providing
and implementing development cooperation
4. To develop Thailand’s human resources through international volunteering experience

Programme Achievement

To date, 164 FFT volunteers have been dispatched abroad. The first FFT was dispatched to teach Thai Language
in Vietnam in 2006

57 persons

107 persons

Areas of implementation

Neighboring countries in the Mekong Sub region (CLMV)

Focused countries that Thailand has economic and Technical cooperation partnerships with (eg. Bhutan Sri Lanka Timor-Leste and African countries)

Sectors that FFT volunteers have worked in

Education
67 persons
Skill Development
56 persons
Agriculture
29 persons
Public Health
6 persons
Rural Development
6 persons

Sectors that FFT volunteers have worked in

Education
65 persons
Skill Development
56 persons
Agriculture
29 persons
Public Health
6 persons
Rural Development
6 persons

FFT and the response to the SDGs

The FFT was chosen by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
(UN DESA) as one of its examples of success
and good practice in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in 2021. Based on the empirical results of the FFT research, the United Nations (Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were created. clearly respond to the challenge of ensuring dependable long-term development The initiative is long-term and provides possibilities for several industries to contribute to growth.

In many ways, the FFT’s objectives are similar

to the SDGs.

SDGs Good Practices