Legal Status and Consequences Exploration: The Case of Non-Registered NGOs Exploration in Thailand

  • Surasak Jotaworn Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Keywords: non-registered NGO, reasons, consequences, suggested solutions


This study was designed to analyze the intentions and consequences for non-registered non-government organizations (NGOs) in Thailand and put forward suggestions to both government and NGO sectors. A multiple-case study analysis was utilized through in-depth interviews with key people from different local NGOs to gather information and come up with specific solutions coming from the cases’ experiences. Based from the gathered data, there were common and specific reasons why NGOs keep their non-registered legal status. As for the consequences, the NGOs’ legal status primarily affects organization’s internal structure, human resource capacity, financial performance, and efficiency in project implementation. Several solutions were drawn out from the key informants. Specifically, the organizations’ right and liberty to form a group should be maintained and protected. While it is suggested for the State to incentivize the registration of non-registered NGOs, local policies and programs must enable these local organizations to use their own discretion whether to register or not.