Development Partners

Purpose: The overall purpose of the Development Partners Group (DPG) in Bhutan is to promote effective development dialogue, cooperation and coordination in support of national development priorities.

Membership: Membership is open to all bilateral and multilateral development partners, including international/regional financial institutions providing development support to Bhutan.

Objective: The main objective of the DPG is to strengthen the government’s efforts in improving the impact, effectiveness, and coherence of the development cooperation through enhanced coordination for development results. This is expected to be achieved by:

  • Substantively engaging—within the development partner community and other relevant stakeholders—in development policy dialogue on national development priorities and emerging development challenges;
  • Promoting greater level of information sharing among DPG members (Link to knowledge documents under Bhutan Dialogue);
  • Promoting the use of joint evaluation missions and field visits whenever possible; and
  • Working together on common projects, events, and advocacy.

Frequency and modality of meetings

The DPG meets once in two months—on the last Thursday—and ad-hoc meetings.


List of Development Partner’s Group

Asian Development Bank

Austrian Development Agency

Bhutan Canada Foundation

Bangladesh Embassy

Bhutan Foundation

Bhutan Red Cross Society

Consulate of Sweden

Consulate of the Netherlands

European Union


Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)

International Financial Corporation

Indian Embassy

Japan International Cooperation Agency

Kuwait Embassy

SAARC Development Secretariat

Save the Children

Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers (SNV)

World Bank

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

United Nations Country Team (UNCT)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

United Nations Women (UN Women)

World Food Programme (WFP)

World Health Organization (WHO)



Essential Documents on economic roadmap from Development Partners’ Group.

No. Details The most relevant sector
 1. World Bank. 2020. Bhutan Systematic Country Diagnostic: Taking Bhutan’s Development Success to the Next Level   Private sector, Hydropower, Disaster Risk Management
 2. World Bank. 2016. Managing environmental and social impacts of hydropower in Bhutan (English). Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) technical report. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. Hydropower
 3. World Bank. 2017. Investment Climate Assessment of Bhutan: Removing Constraints to Private Sector Development to Enable the Creation of More and Better Jobs (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. Private sector
 4. World Bank. 2018. Bhutan Development Update : Accelerating Reform Momentum (English). Bhutan Development Update. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. Macroeconomic and Poverty, Hydropower
 5. World Bank. 2018. Bhutan – Joint Bank-Fund Debt Sustainability Analysis : 2018 Update (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. Macroeconomic and Financial services
 6. World Bank. 2019. Bhutan Policy Note : Harnessing Spatial Opportunities in Agriculture for Economic Transformation (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. Agriculture, Poverty
 7. World Bank. 2018. A Glass Half Full : The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia (English). South Asia Development Forum. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. Trade
 8. World Bank. 2019. Bhutan Urban Policy Notes : Urban Resilience (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. Human settlement, Disaster Risk Management
 9. World Bank. 2019. Bhutan Development Report : A Path to Inclusive and Sustainable Development (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. ICT, Tourism, Financial Services, Hydropower, Private sector, Agriculture
 10. World Bank. 2019. Poverty, Vulnerability, and Welfare in Bhutan : Progress and Challenges (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. Poverty, Agriculture
 11. World Bank. 2015. Bhutan – Macroeconomic and public finance policy note : hydropower impact and public finance reforms towards economic self-reliance (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. Macroeconomic and Poverty
 12. ITC. Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Bhutan – A network analysis of institutions supporting entrepreneurship Private sector
 13. UN Global Compact. 2017. Better Business, Better World – The report of the Business & Sustainable Development Commission Food and Agriculture, Energy, and Health
 14. Ministry of Works and Human Settlement, Kingdom of Bhutan and JICA. 2019. Comprehensive Development Plan for Bhutan 2030 All sectors
 15. UN. 2019. The future is now: Science for achieving sustainable development (Global Sustainable Development Report 2019) All sectors
 16. UNCTAD. 2017. Bhutan Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment ICT, Trade
 17. UNDP and UNISDR. 2016. Global Trends – Challenges and Opportunities in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals All sectors
 18. Ministry of Labour and Human Resources. 2020. TVET Statistics of Bhutan – In the quest for transforming TVET through data-informed approach Education, Private sector
 19 HELVETAS. 2016. Local Governance Assessment Study Cross-cutting area
 20. HELVETAS. 2019. TVET- Dual Training Program  Education, Private sector
 21 FAO, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. 2019. Placing Nutrition at the Centre of Social Protection. Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2019. Health
 22. Donald A P Bundy, et al. 2017. Investment in child and adolescent health and development: key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd Edition Health, Youth
 23 IFAD. 2019. MTR report on Commercial Agriculture and Resilient Livelihood Enhancement Programme (CARLEP) Food and Agriculture, Disaster Risk Management
 24. UNDP-RGoB. Supporting Climate Resilience and Transformation change in Agriculture sector in Bhutan, 2020-2025 Food and Agriculture


Development Partners’ Group (DPG) Meeting-  December 19, 2019


World Bank Group- Bhutan Country Partnership Framework FY2020-2024

Lhomon Society- Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative

World Wildlife Fund- The Snowman Run


Development Partners’ Group (DPG) Meeting-  October 31, 2019


Bhutan Cancer Society

Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry- BCCI & its Participation in Development Activities

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)- Gender Intervention Support


Development Partners’ Group (DPG) Meeting-  August 29, 2019

Presentations :


Gross National Happiness Commission- 12th Five Year Plan Flagship Programmes

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)- Comprehensive National Development Plan for Bhutan 2030

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)- Supporting Climate Resilience & Transformation Change in the Agriculture Sector in Bhutan

HELVETAS Bhutan- Dual Training

Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs- National Decentralization Policy

National Statistics Bureau (NSB) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)- An Overview of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys


Development Partners’ Group (DPG) Meeting-  April 25, 2019



European Union- Bhutan Trade Support- Export Diversification for Economic Growth & Poverty Reduction

Office of the Attorney General- Justice Sector Strategy

The Green Road Environment Friendly & Socially Responsible


Development Partners’ Group (DPG) Meeting-  February 28, 2019



Gross National happiness Commission- An Update on the 14th Round Table Meeting

De-Suung Integrated Program

World Food Programme- Disaster Preparedness and Response


Development Partners’ Group (DPG) Meeting-  October 23, 2018



Asian Development Bank- Bhutan’s Development Pathway during Economic Transition Implication for ADB’s Assistance

International Finance Corporation- Bhutan Strengthening Private Sector for Development

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime- Trafficking in Persons in Bhutan


Development Partners’ Group (DPG) Meeting-  August 30, 2018



Clean Bhutan & WangChu Waterkeeper – Waste – An opportunity for Vulnerable Women & Youth Entrepreneurship

ThimphuThromde – Strategic Envrionment Assessment for Thimphu Structure Plan 2002-2027

UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) – Blended Finance Options for Local Development


Development Partners’ Group (DPG) Meeting- June 28, 2018



Civil Society Organization Authority – Overview and Strategic Direction of CSOs in Bhutan

Gedu College of Business -Project Ideas from Gedu College of Business Studies (GCBS)

Save the Children – Paro Dzongkhag Simulation –Process and Lessons

World Bank- Bhutan and the World Bank; Realizing Prosperity for the Bhutanese People


Development Partners’ Group (DPG) Meeting – April 26, 2018


United Nations Development Program (UNDP) – UNDP Small Grants Programme – Opportunities

Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) Bhutan’s Voluntary National Review Report

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – A safe system approach to Human wildlife conflict

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The chart illustrates a mapping of development partners interventions in Bhutan. This indicates areas and types of interventions in Bhutan. This mapping facilities to identify other partners working in the same sector to enhance coordination, harmonization and alignment of partner interventions with national priorities. DPG-Mapping 2018

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