Independent Evalulation Report: Sustaining Thailand's Democratic Practice through Improvement of Inclusive Electoral Process

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2016, Thailand
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
01/2014
Completion Date:
01/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
12,016

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Title Independent Evalulation Report: Sustaining Thailand's Democratic Practice through Improvement of Inclusive Electoral Process
Atlas Project Number: 00077752
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2016, Thailand
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2014
Planned End Date: 01/2014
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.1. Parliaments, constitution making bodies and electoral institutions enabled to perform core functions for improved accountability, participation and representation, including for peaceful transitions
Evaluation Budget(US $): 12,016
Source of Funding: DGTTF
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Chantelle McCabe Independent Consultant
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Election Commission of Thailand
Countries: THAILAND
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 1. Civic Education. Future programming could consider developing a study on alternative electoral systems that could be useful in the Thai context, and potentially assist with transforming Thailand?s conflict. At a time when Thailand is experiencing significant political unrest, the time is ripe for further exploration of the issue of electoral system reform. It is clear that both sides of the political divide do not perceive elections in Thailand to be free and fair and reforms will be necessary going forward.
2 2. Gender. 2.1 Raising awareness about gender equality and capacity building of the electoral management body is an excellent first step towards improving women?s political participation. However, increasing women?s political participation through elections projects needs a three pronged approach ? addressing women?s participation as voters, as candidates and as election administrators. 2.2 Future programming could consider raising awareness with a variety of actors, including political parties, Parliament, local elections stakeholders, the media, and voters about the benefits of a gender quota for women in politics, and about successful experiences with this in other countries. 2.3 Scale up and replicate the local level civic education activities on gender equality in political participation. Such work could include disseminating information on the different ways that women can enter the political arena, including through involvement in national women?s movements, trade unions, non-governmental organizations and the media
3 3. Electoral Dispute Resolution (EDR). Consider enlarging the electoral dispute resolution research study to the local level, identifying and examining the problems occurring with local elections.
1. Recommendation: 1. Civic Education. Future programming could consider developing a study on alternative electoral systems that could be useful in the Thai context, and potentially assist with transforming Thailand?s conflict. At a time when Thailand is experiencing significant political unrest, the time is ripe for further exploration of the issue of electoral system reform. It is clear that both sides of the political divide do not perceive elections in Thailand to be free and fair and reforms will be necessary going forward.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/08]

Ensure the alternative electoral system be considered as part of in future programming

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Incorporate research on alternative electoral system in future programs that address the conflict transformation and reform issues.
[Added: 2014/05/08] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
Somchai Yensabai 2014/05 Completed Note that these recommendations are concerned with future programming and based on the assumption that programming to support Thailand?s election remains a priority and feasible. The due date is therefore cannot be confirmed at this stage. History
2. Recommendation: 2. Gender. 2.1 Raising awareness about gender equality and capacity building of the electoral management body is an excellent first step towards improving women?s political participation. However, increasing women?s political participation through elections projects needs a three pronged approach ? addressing women?s participation as voters, as candidates and as election administrators. 2.2 Future programming could consider raising awareness with a variety of actors, including political parties, Parliament, local elections stakeholders, the media, and voters about the benefits of a gender quota for women in politics, and about successful experiences with this in other countries. 2.3 Scale up and replicate the local level civic education activities on gender equality in political participation. Such work could include disseminating information on the different ways that women can enter the political arena, including through involvement in national women?s movements, trade unions, non-governmental organizations and the media
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/08]

Ensure the mainstreaming and the promotion of gender and political participation in future programming.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Promote the gender aspect and materials of the project and contribute expertise on gender and politics.
[Added: 2014/05/08] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
Somchai Yensabai 2015/12 Completed Note that these recommendations are concerned with future programming and based on the assumption that programming to support Thailand?s election remains a priority and feasible. The due date is therefore cannot be confirmed at this stage. History
3. Recommendation: 3. Electoral Dispute Resolution (EDR). Consider enlarging the electoral dispute resolution research study to the local level, identifying and examining the problems occurring with local elections.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/08]

Ensure that the future programming in the area of electoral support contain EDR aspects in local election.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3. Electoral Dispute Resolution (EDR). Consider enlarging the electoral dispute resolution research study to the local level, identifying and examining the problems occurring with local elections.
[Added: 2014/05/08] [Last Updated: 2018/10/22]
Somchai Yensabai 2014/05 Completed Note that these recommendations are concerned with future programming and based on the assumption that programming to support Thailand?s election remains a priority and feasible. The due date is therefore cannot be confirmed at this stage. History

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