This case study details how UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), Ubon Ratchathani University and Integrity Action are supplying young people in Thailand with knowledge, tools and skills to build integrity in their university and country, and reach out to their neighbours in the Greater Mekong Sub-region(GMS). This is being provided through Integrity and Anti-Corruption Education training and a creative and sustainable “Refuse To Be Corrupt” cafe project.
Integrity Action, at UNDP’s request, provided Integrity and Anti-Corruption education training in November 2014 to academics and a small group of students, resulting in several integrity course outlines being prepared by all groups, as well as an outline for developing a Center for Integrity in Thailand. The idea for the “Refuse To Be Corrupt” cafe was in the works at the time, and ultimately opened its doors on 8 June 2015 at Ubon Ratchathani University in the northeast of Thailand. In addition, a new integrity curriculum has been developed by Dr Titipol Phakdeewanich and is being taught at the university.
Dr Phakdeewanich is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick in the UK, and is based at the Faculty of Political Science at Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand.