|Income Generation & Poverty Reduction
PDA launched the Thai Business Initiative in
Rural Development (TBIRD) in 1988. TBIRD was launched to share the financial,
technical and managerial recourses of the private sector with government
and community initiatives, in order to support the economic development
in poorer areas. By fostering or adopting a village, a company can help
the less privileged to earn a reasonable income through sustainable agricultural
projects, cottages industries, and small enterprises.
Over time, TBIRD had grown to involve over 150
companies in 280 projects, bringing over US$50 million in resources to
otherwise-neglected areas of rural Thailand. Due to the involvement of
many international companies, TBIRD was renamed and is now operating under
the name of “Business for Social Progress”.
PDA started the Thailand Endeavor to End Poverty,
whereby the Stock Exchange of Thailand and its over 500 listed companies
have agreed to support development projects. PDA hopes to expand this
program into all of South East Asia.
Eventually, TBIRD transformed into the Village
Development Partnership (VDP),
which is PDA's most comprehensive poverty eradication and environmental
improvement program in rural Thailand and has been implemented in over
400 villages. The VDP specifically addresses issues in the five key development
areas of: community empowerment, economic development, environment, health,
and education. It initially establishes locally-elected and gender-balanced
committees and a Village Development Bank to empower the poor to eradicate
Learn about this comprehensive poverty eradication program at Village
Development Partnership website.