Guidelines for Managing Social Capital in Chiang Rai Special Economic Zone by Active Aging.

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The objectives of this research was to find the ways to manage social capital for preparing elderly people in Chiangrai, Special Economic Zone. This qualitative research used Rapid Rural Appraisal and Participatory Action Research, then analyzed with the components of the 6 Active Aging conditions corresponding to the context of the study area which can be used as a base for empowerment of the elderly and seek the guideline for management by stakeholders.

         The research found that social capital in the study area consisted of Handicraft, Giant catfish hunter, Local Food, Arts and Culture, Health, Agriculture, Handicrafts and Artifacts, Local Literature, Environmental Management, Local style Tailoring, Religious Leaders, Volunteer and Organization and Sufficiency Economy. From the point of view of communities’, there are recommendations for social capital management in four main components as follows; “Man” which intelligence, development and adaptation, “Institutional” which supports the development networks, “Culture” and “Management” as indigenous knowledge for sustainable living.


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