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- June 28

The UN Development Partners’ Group met at the UN House on June 28. During the meeting, a presentation on Bhutan and the World Bank; Realizing Prosperity for the Bhutanese People was made by the Resident Representative of the World Bank. A presentation on Overview and Strategic Direction of the Civil Society Organizations in Bhutan was also made by the Chair of the Civil Society Organizations. Another presentation on Project Ideas was made by the President of the Gedu College of Business Studies. The last presentation was on the process and lessons learnt from the Earthquake Preparedness Simulation done in Paro Dzongkhag by Save the Children.

 Please find the PDF of the presentations below:

DPG Presentations

Development Partners’ Group (DPG) Meeting – April 26

The UN Development Partners’ Group met at the UN House on April 26. During the meeting, three presentations were made on Safe System Approach to Human Wildlife Conflict by WWF, UNDP Small Grants Programme Opportunities and Bhutan’s Voluntary National Review by GNHC.

Please find the PDF of the presentations below:

Safe System (WWF) SGP (GEF) VNR (GNHC)

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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