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Promoting Human Development through the Application of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy

9 January 2015 (Readers 907)
 
As the Sufficiency Economy philosophy of His Majesty the King provides guidance on appropriate conduct covering numerous aspects of life, it is connected to human development.

Thailand has been promoting human development through the application of the Sufficiency Economy philosophy, which deserves to be more widely known.

According to the book Thailand Human Development Report 2007, issued by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the UNDPs agenda of Human Development and the thinking behind the Sufficiency Economy share a lot of common ground. Both place people firmly at the center of development.

They emphasize that development is a process of equipping people with the opportunities to improve themselves and realize their own potential in order to live full, creative lives with freedom and dignity. Both approaches assume that development has to be sustainable, equitable, and respectable of the natural environment.

But Sufficiency Economy deepens and complements human development thinking in two ways. First, the Sufficiency Economy offers a process, coded into three simple principles, which can be used for analyzing situations, identifying objectives, setting plans, and taking decisions that will achieve sustainability, health, longevity, learning, empowerment, and well-being.

These principles are applicable at any level. They can be applied to the management of a small farm, the running of a business, or the drafting of a national plan.

Second, the Sufficiency approach places greater emphasis on mental and spiritual development. Indeed, it contends that mental or spiritual development is integral to all kinds of development. Practitioners must be committed to learning, have a high level of integrity, and be able to persevere.

Adopting the Sufficiency approach is a form of discipline that brings its own reward. At the level of the individual, it develops mental and spiritual capacity. At the level of organizations, it cultivates a culture of ethical and compassionate behavior.

On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadejs Accession to the Throne, UNDP presented His Majesty with the UNDPs first Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award on 26 May 2006.

In his citation, the then United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, said that His Majesty had made an extraordinary contribution to human development. As the worlds "Development King, His Majesty has reached out to the poorest and the most vulnerable people of Thailand regardless of their status, ethnicity, or religion listened to their problems, and empowered them to take their lives in their own hands.

He said that His Majestys Sufficiency Economy philosophy reinforces the United Nations effort to promote a peoples centered and sustainable path of development.


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