Organization - Pgakenyaw Association for Sustainable Development (PASD)

Pgakenyaw Association for Sustainable Development (PASD)
Basic Information
English Pgakenyaw Association for Sustainable Development (PASD)
Local language สมาคมปกาเกอะญอเพื่อการพัฒนาอย่างยั่งยืน (สปพย.)
Country Thailand
Category General NGO Indigenous organization
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Function Policy and System
Education and Training
Established year 2009
  • To enhance the community capacity in revitalizing and transmitting local wisdom as well as the tradition and culture of the Pgakenyaw people;
  • To enhance the capacity of the communities in the hill areas in conserving natural resources, with the coordination for cooperation from all concerned partners based on participation and sustainability principles;
  • To support capacity building for the community and network core leaders leading to community development launched by the community;
  • To enhance community capacity in carrying out alternative agricultural and career development programs;
  • To enhance community capacity in education and health development as access to basic government services as Thai citizens;
  • To enhance community capacity in learning, sharing, and collecting the body of knowledge of hill area ethnic people as well as the knowledge from studies on issues conducted both in the country and abroad.

The Pgakenyaw Association for Sustainable Development (PASD) had filed to obtain legal status from the Thai government, and the permission was granted on February 18, 2009. The Association was initiated by Pgakenyaw intellectuals, community core leaders, academics interested in the issues, and others who were interested in capacity building for ethnic peoples, natural resource management, and research. It served as the coordinator for the project to translate the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into the seven prime hill-area ethnic languages to disseminate it to the grassroots people. The association has planned to launch a program on organizational development for the Pgakenyaw youths’ and women’s networks. At present, its personnel has gathered data on agricultural learning of the Pgakenyaw people and communities.

Major Activities
  1. Capacity building for the organization’s core members and networks.
  • Development of core members at community, watershed, network, and international levels,
  • Development of core members in agriculture, environment, education, arts, literature, and culture,
  • Development of core members and network of Pgakenyaw Women;
  1. Environmental management
  • Regeneration of natural resources and environment,
  • Creation of model areas in natural resources and environment management by the community organization at community, watershed, and national park levels through a participatory approach;
  1. Agricultural, occupational, and community economic development
  • Development of farm leaders,
  • Agricultural training,
  • Modeling for development of mixed cropping, rotational farming, terraced paddy fields, orchards, animal husbandry, and gathering of forest products,
  • Development of savings and credit unions at community, network, and watershed levels,
  • Organizational coordination for career development,
  • Establishment of a learning network on agriculture, occupation, and community economy at local, national, and international levels;
  1. Alternative education development and cultural action plan
  • Developing and collecting traditional knowledge (publishing manuals, textbooks),
  • Coordinating and linking activities with schools as well as lowland and upland schools,
  • Revival and transmission of Karen culture,
  • Education and cultural network exchanges within the country and internationally,
  • Fundraising for marginalized children and youth;
  1. Community rights promotion plan
  • Hands-on training,
  • Advisory services and follow-ups for laws;
  1. Acknowledgement and research development plan,
  • Pgakenyaw traditional knowledge collection,
  • Research for development;
  1. Campaign and advocacy plan
  • Product medium about Pgakenyaw livelihood,
  • Product newsletter of Pgakenyaw livelihood.
Contact Information (Organization)
Website -
Address 252 Moo 2 Tambol Sansai Noi Amphur .Sansai, Chiang Mai Thailand 50210
Tel +66 53 398591, (66)62‐2783429
Fax +66 53 398592

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