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The US Agency for International Development (USAid) will promote reconciliation in Thailand

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The US Agency for International Development (USAid) on Thursday announced a five-year $30 million programme in Thailand to help promote conflict resolution and reconciliation throughout the country, including the restive deep South.

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Of the $30 million, about $15.5 will be spent directly on grant for civil society working to promote reconciliation efforts through out the country or looking to strengthen their capacity to serve as checks and balances for political process and public policy.

However, the programme will not support political parties or political factions, the American ambassador to Thailand, Eric G. John, was quoted as saying in a USAid press statement.

Besides the civil society, the progamme aimed to work closely with independent agencies, such as the Election Commission, National Human Rights Commission and the National Counter Corruption Commission, to strengthen their capacity in carrying out constitutionally mandated functions.

via USAid announces projects to promote reconciliation.

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