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.

Leadership and Secretariat: The DPG is Chaired by the UN (Resident Coordinator) with the following functions;

  • Facilitate DPG collective consultation with relevant stakeholders in Government, civil society, media, private sector and academia;
  • Facilitate DPG engagement with relevant Government coordination mechanisms (e.g. Committee of Secretaries; Prime Minister’s Task Force on Employment; etc);
  • Share lessons learnt and information on projects; and
  • Engage with Government on policy issues and relevant topics, as and when identified and requested by DPG.

The Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) acts as the DPG Secretariat and provides the following services:

  • Serve as a focal point for communication and linkages between DPG members;
  • Prepare an annual calendar for meetings;
  • Prepare meeting agenda in consultation with the co-chairs;
  • Send out notices of meetings, along with the meeting agenda and background documentation;
  • Prepare and circulate minutes of the meetings among DPG members. Minutes will be shared within a week after the DPG meeting and approved by the DPG members electronically; and
  • Ensure follow-up on decisions and recommendations made by the DPG.

Depending on the scope of the secretarial functions carried out by the RCO, DPG member agencies will make financial contributions and cost-share joint activities agreed by the DPG.


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)


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

ITC_EU-Bhutan Trade Support Project_

Justice Sector

The Green Road


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

Presentations By:

14th RTM Update

Disaster Preparedness and Response


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

Presentations By:





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


Presentations By:

Thromdre  UNCDF  Clean Bhutan


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


Please find the presentations below:

DPG Presentations


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



Presentations By:

Safe System





Mapping of DPG support to the RGoB


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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