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Red tape delays empowerment fund

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Red tape and cronyism are partly responsible for preventing the 7.7-billion-baht Women's Empowerment Fund (WEF) from being able to improving women’s development, critics say. 

Since the fund was launched last February, about 130 million baht has been allocated to each of 20 heavily-populated provinces, 100 million baht each to 22 medium provinces, and 70 million baht each to the 35 smallest provinces, according to the WEF website.

It took two years between Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand’s first female prime minister, delivering the WEF policy to parliament in August 2011 and its launch.

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