Innovative Finance and its Relevance to Bhutan in the Context of SDGs and 12th Five-Year Plan

This Discussion Paper is based on a series of consultations with key stakeholders including the Joint Task Force for Bhutan’s 14th Round Table Meeting. A scoping exercise was carried out towards the end of 2018 and early 2019 with relevant stakeholders, including the government, financial institutions, development partners, civil societies and entrepreneurs. UNDP(2019) Discussion paper […]

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TVET Statistics of Bhutan 2020 – In the Quest for Transforming TVET through Data-Driven Approach

Bhutan’s TVET Sector Assessment had called for the need to improve TVET data management and its use for strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation in 2016. Still then, there is so much to improve in using feedback data to inform TVET reforms and development. Getting credible TVET data is difficult, let alone getting statistics (aggregated data). […]

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Mapping and population size estimation of men who have sex with men, transgender persons, and high-risk women in Bhutan. 2020

This report presents the results of Bhutan’s key population size estimation exercise implemented from 13 November, 2019 to 31 January, 2020. The overarching purpose of the exercise is to provide rigorous data on key populations at risk for HIV in Bhutan to guide prevention and care policies and programs. Objective 1 is to estimate the […]

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Joint External Evaluation of International Health Regulations Core Capacities of the Kingdom of Bhutan. 2017

During the WHO’s Joint External Evaluation mission, Bhutan’s capacities in 19 technical areas were evaluated through a peer-to-peer, collaborative process that brought Bhutanese subject matter experts together with members of the JEE team in a week of collaborative discussion and field visits. This process led to consensus on scores and priority actions in 19 technical […]

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Global Trends – Challenges and Opportunities in the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda builds on earlier commitments, more recently the aspirations set out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Millennium Declaration. In much of the period leading up to and through the MDGs’ target date, and in many parts of the world, progress in several areas that are also reflected in the SDGs has […]

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Bhutan Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment

Bhutan is a latecomer to the ICT space. The country is therefore well positioned to reap the advantages of a late starter in the technology space by not having any legacy systems, but having reliable access to electricity, access to relatively more cost effective technologies and opportunities for adoption of new (and open) standards. The […]

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Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 – The Future Is Now, Science for achieving sustainable development

The Global Sustainable Development Report is distinct from, and complementary to, the annual Sustainable Development Goals progress report prepared by the Secretary-General, which tracks progress across goals and targets using indicators from the global indicator framework. It does not produce new evidence; rather it capitalizes on existing knowledge across disciplines, through an “assessment of assessments”. […]

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COVID-19 Guidance on practical actions and checklists for administrators, teachers, parents and children

  Given that the protection of children and educational facilities is important, it is necessary to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 in school settings. However, care must also be taken to avoid stigmatizing students and staff who may have been exposed to the virus. COVID-19 does not differentiate among borders, ethnicities, disability status, age […]

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Better Business, Better World

A call to action to business leaders to align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This report shows how the next decade will be critical for companies to open 60 key market “hot spots,” tackle social, environmental challenges, and re-build trust with society.   You can find the document with the below link: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/news_events/9.3/better-business-better-world.pdf

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Comprehensive Development Plan for Bhutan 2030

To address the issue of rural-urban migration and promote regionally balanced development, a Comprehensive National Development Plan (CNDP) for Bhutan 2030 was launched last year. The plan identifies various issues such as an increase in rural-urban migration, mainly from east to west contributes to labour shortage leading to increased fallow agricultural land and fragmentation of […]

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Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Bhutan – A network analysis of institutions supporting entrepreneurship

While entrepreneurship is gaining momentum in Bhutan due to the emergence of incubators, co-working spaces and start-up competitions, encouraging youth to consider entrepreneurship as a rewarding career option remains a challenge. Low level of perception of entrepreneurship as a serious career path, a mindset further propagated within a traditional family environment, has largely yet to […]

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Bhutan – Macroeconomic and public finance policy note : hydropower impact and public finance reforms towards economic self-reliance

Bhutan’s hydropower generation potential raises the prospect of tremendous development opportunities for the country: fast increasing export revenue, sustained economic growth, and rapid poverty reduction. Driven by developments in the hydropower sector, the country has grown at an average rate of 7 percent per year over the last decade, while poverty has declined remarkably fast. […]

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Poverty, Vulnerability, and Welfare in Bhutan : Progress and Challenges

The note documents the remarkable progress that Bhutan has made in reducing poverty, sharing prosperity, and improving other measures of well-being. Poverty reduction was helped by improved earnings in the commercial agriculture sector. Moreover, vulnerability has remained high, partly because farmers are exposed to various uninsured risks, including price shocks, but also because the social […]

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Bhutan Development Report : A Path to Inclusive and Sustainable Development

The Bhutan Development Report aims to inform policy making in Bhutan, especially in the area of economic diversification. Bhutan has a strong track record of reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity, primarily supported by the state, which has played a large role in the country’s development accomplishments. Growth has been driven mainly by the public […]

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Bhutan Urban Policy Notes : Urban Resilience

This paper is part of a series of four Urban Policy Notes that identify emergent challenges to Bhutan’s increasing urbanization and its ramifications for growth, livability, and sustainability in line with the directives of the Twelfth Five-Year Plan (FYP) for 2018-23 and the Vision 2020. The four notes are: (i) Regional Development, (ii) Municipal Governance […]

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A Glass Half Full : The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia

Trade has played a critical role in global poverty reduction. In harnessing the potential of trade, some of the most successful countries have developed strong trade relationships with their neighbors. However, many South Asian countries have trade regimes that often offset the positive impact of geography and proximity. The report documents systematically the gaps between […]

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Bhutan Policy Note : Harnessing Spatial Opportunities in Agriculture for Economic Transformation

This Policy Note reviews Bhutan’s recent agricultural transformation from a spatial perspective and suggests measures to make further progress. The discussion focuses on crop-level drivers of productivity and spatial patterns of agricultural production in relation to markets, especially in relation to opportunities for expanding market potential to support the national development goals of the Royal […]

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Bhutan – Joint Bank-Fund Debt Sustainability Analysis : 2018 Update

Given the unique nature of the bulk of Bhutan’s debt stock, as spelled out in the 2014 and 2016 Debt Sustainability Analysis (DSAs), the risk of debt distress is assessed to remain moderate despite breaches in all five indicators under the baseline. The unique mitigating circumstances are as follows. A large share of outstanding public […]

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Bhutan Development Update : Accelerating Reform Momentum

Economic performance remains strong. Accelerating reform momentum after the 2018 general elections will be key to consolidating and furthering Bhutan’s development. Efforts aimed at enabling a vibrant and job-creating private sector will need to be prioritized. The hydropower sector has served Bhutan well, but it has not created enough jobs for the country’s educated youth. […]

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Investment Climate Assessment of Bhutan: Removing Constraints to Private Sector Development to Enable the Creation of More and Better Jobs

The 2017 Investment Climate Assessment of Bhutan provides a detailed assessment of firm performance and constraints as they enter, operate, and exit domestic and international markets. The report provides policy recommendations that will support Bhutan to achieve an investment climate conducive to private sector growth, and the creation of productive and gainful employment.   World […]

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Managing environmental and social impacts of hydropower in Bhutan

Development of Bhutan’s untapped hydro power resources has the potential to spur economic growth, rapidly increase export revenue, reduce poverty, and bring about sustained improvements in human development. The study has found that the main impacts of hydropower development in Bhutan relate to aquatic biodiversity and are cumulative, meaning that they are not of immediate […]

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Bhutan Systematic Country Diagnostic: Taking Bhutan’s Development Success to the Next Level

This Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) examines the key constraints to and opportunities for accelerating poverty reduction and enhancing shared prosperity in Bhutan. It builds on a large body of analytical work, evidence gathered in three working sessions within the World Bank Group, and in-country consultations with civil society organizations, the private sector, government, and development […]

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UN to recognize best development story to promote development journalism

    Dechen Wangmo, Paro Nov 16, 2018 UN Resident Coordinator Gerald Daly   The United Nations in Bhutan will now honour development journalism in the country every year through the Best Development Story Award. The new award would be given at the annual Journalists Association of Bhutan (JAB) Awards. The UN Resident Coordinator, Gerald […]

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