Dear Readers,
As the first quarter of the year gives way to the second, we are pleased to report on a number of activities across all the fields in which we are involved. We also take this opportunity to welcome our new country director, Mr. Tim Mahler and bid farewell to his predecessor, Mr. Stefan Helming.

This issue covers a wide variety of topics including climate change, good governance, urban & industrial development, training courses and others.

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Agriculture & Food Safety

The Rice Department and GIZ sum up the success of the 4-year rice development project

  • The BRIA project has supported the training of more than 20,000 farmers whose income has increased by 10-25 percent following the training in four participating countries.
  • In Thailand, each family earns around 29,111 baht per year on average.
Better Rice Initiative Asia (BRIA)

Climate Change

Thai experts and representatives of authorities meet to hear and discuss the outcome of COP23

  • Following the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, Thailand will be indirectly affected by lack of support for climate finance.
  • Nationally Determined Contributions still need discussion and negotiations.
Thai - German Climate Programme : Climate Policy
EGAT and GIZ sign grant agreement for THB 320 million in support of green cooling technologies

  • The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) will be responsible for managing the fund and implementing financial support mechanisms to promote climate-friendly cooling technologies.
  • The RAC NAMA Fund is the first climate finance fund in Thailand supported by the NAMA Facility.
  • It provides financial support to producers, consumers, SME end-users, and the service sector for the green transformation of the Thai cooling sector.
Thailand Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA)
EGAT cooperates with 4 financial institutions for latest campaign, Label No.5 fridge

  • The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and 4 banks will work together to support a promotional campaign for climate-friendly refrigerants.
  • This campaign is expected to help reduce energy consumption by 188 million baht.
  • It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25,000 tons per year.
Thailand Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA)
Health sector holds talks on plan to tackle health risks from climate change

  • The health sector held a 2nd workshop on the implementation plan for the integration for climate change implementation in the health sector.
  • The plan for December 2017 to May 2018 was presented.
  • Nakhon Sawan and Maha Sarakham were chosen as pilot provinces.
Risk-based National Adaptation Plan (Risk-NAP)


Thai communities and renewable energy providers collaborate

  • The 3rd Community-Based Renewable Energy Conference supports Thai communities in developing their energy usage in a self-sustaining manner.
  • International experts share their experiences on solar rooftop implementation, battery storage, solar pumping and renewable energy hybrid grids.
Renewable Energy Project Development Programme (PDP) in South-East Asia

Economics & Employment

Trilateral cooperation for strengthening the TVET teacher curricula in Lao PDR

  • Thai and Lao experts work together on TVET teacher curricula development in the fields of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Civil Engineering.
  • The Lao PDR context is carefully considered in developing the curricula.
  • Curricula proposals are reviewed, ready for submission to the Ministry of Education and Sports for approval.
Thai-German Trilateral Cooperation Programme

Urban & Industrial Development

Rajkot City in India moves forward on smart city plan

  • Rajkot Municipal Corporation attended a two-day technical workshop on the Vacuum Sewer. 
  • ‘Out of the box’ thinking approach and innovative technologies are needed for building a ‘smart city’.
  • The Commissioner, Mr. Pani Banchhanidhi, expressed interest in conducting a pre-feasibility study to assess the cost for installing a vacuum sewer.
Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban NEXUS
The first Urban Nexus Training links Global Agendas

  • The first Urban Nexus Training was rolled out in Bangkok on 11 – 12 December 2017.
  • The Urban Nexus Training links the Urban Nexus approach, plan and project implementation with Global Agendas.
  • Knowledge about the Nexus approach will lead individuals and organisations to drive global sustainability.
Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban NEXUS

Good Governance

Clean hands save lives

  • Good practices of hand hygiene can reduce the infection rate among patients and healthcare workers in the hospital.
  • Healthcare professionals from Cambodia, Philippines and Thailand learn about proper techniques for Hand Hygiene according to the standards and requirements set by WHO.
  • The participants will go on to disseminate the knowledge to their fellow professionals, patients and the public.
Improving Occupational Safety and Health of Healthcare Workers in Public Hospitals in Thailand


Learning at AIZ Bangkok

  • Training courses at AIZ cover 4 major competencies; Personal and Social, Professional, Leadership and Management for professionals in development cooperation.
  • Our certified trainers are experienced international development professionals who take account of local contexts in the training.
  • The training approaches focus on exchanges of the real-life work experiences of each participant in order to tackle actual obstacles and find the solutions together.
Academy For International Cooperation (AIZ) Bangkok