Social policy and advocacy


Monitoring the situation of children and women

Social policy analysis



© UNICEF Thailand/2012/Athit Perawongmetha
Grandmothers drop off their grandchildren at a school in Buriram Province. A UNICEF-supported study found that 17.5 per cent of Thai children – whose parents are still alive – are not living with their parents due to internal migration.

The work carried out by UNICEF in the areas of social policy analysis and advocacy are aimed at mobilizing  the political will needed to ensure that children have the first call on national resources, and on helping to make sure there is sufficient capacity to develop and implement policies that deliver services for children and their families.

UNICEF supports research, studies and surveys in Thailand that provide the data needed to monitor the situation of children and identify those who are the most disadvantaged and excluded. This helps to draw attention to the fact that even as the country moves towards upper middle income status there are still major inequities in terms of the realization of children’s rights and their access to resources.

Analysis of the impact of national and local policies on children’s rights in Thailand is a core part of UNICEF’s programme strategy. Such analysis helps uncover the root causes of persistent poverty and inequity and promotes policy reform to reduce them, including in national and local budget allocations. Sharing and highlighting knowledge generated in Thailand and internationally on how disparities in children’s rights can be overcome is also part of our work. The policy analysis and dialogue UNICEF undertakes with partners aims to strengthen the accountability of decision-makers in Thailand, and help the most disadvantaged children and women claim their rights to health, education and protection.

Using evidence from monitoring, research and policy analysis, UNICEF advocates for action towards the progressive realization of the rights of all children in Thailand. UNICEF uses advocacy  to raise awareness among policymakers, non-governmental organizations, civil society, families and young people themselves of the inequities in terms of realization of children’s rights, and highlights ways to reduce disparities in access, cost and quality of services. 



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