People’s Empowerment Foundation (PEF) is a Thai Foundation which was registered on 1 July 2008 under the Thai Foundation Law. PEF is a non-profit organisation which focuses on creating sustainable mechanisms for individual actors, community organisations, grass- roots coalitions and popular movements to work together to achieve social change. It promotes a wide range of human rights and human security issues throughout Thailand and Southeast Asia through civil society networks with community-based partner organisations. Within these networks knowledge, strategies and resources are shared aiming at positive social change. One of PEF’s main activity is strengthening the organisational capacity of the network/ partners by providing them with information, skills and knowledge training, capacity building tools, logistical coordination, and other assistance adapted to each group’s particular needs.
PEF has three local networks; (1) ASEAN People network, (2) Patani people’s Peace Building network and (3) United Nations (UN) human rights mechanism network. Through these local networks PEF strengthens community- based organisations to promote and protect human rights and the right to development through collaboration and cooperation. PEF also works with government organisations to improve the policy making and implementation for the benefit of the people.