Krisada Boonchai

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2002
Social and Academic Activists Forum (SAAF)


This profile was prepared when Krisada Boonchai was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Krisada sees an opportunity both to expand academic understanding of rural issues based on field experience and to bolster the capacity of grassroots organizations to analyze their own data. By breaking down the cultural divide that exists between citizen organizations and academia through his proposed Social and Academic Activists Forum (SAAF), Krisada is combining and mobilizing each sector's particular strengths–the analytic and theoretical research capabilities of academics and the activists' practical grassroots experience and recognition of local knowledge. The resulting collaborative research, when wed to Krisada's experience in the media and in organizing dissemination campaigns, will help link and inform the citizen sector, the media, local communities, universities, business, and the government in their attempts to devise and implement community-based solutions to local problems.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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