After Bhutan’s remarkably rapid and successful COVID-19 campaign of vaccinating more than 70 percent of the country’s population, managed by the innovative digital Bhutan Vaccine System supported by UNDP, the country turns its focus to ensure that no children between the ages of 12 and 17 are left behind in…


Collective intelligence workshop with service users in Thimphu held in May 2021

Citizen engagement remains a timeless tenet of democratic governance. Today, public service delivery structures are changing and becoming more complex than they were in the past. In Bhutan, the institutionalization of public meetings (zomdues) in the villages began in the 1980s to decentralize governance and produce better democratic decisions. …


Authors: Tashi Zangpo (Curriculum Developer, Royal Education Council), Ram Bdr. Gurung (Deputy Chief Program Officer, Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Division, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources), Tshering Penjore (Deputy Chief Program Officer, School Planning and Coordination, Ministry of Education), Jigme Thinley (Program Officer, Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Division, Ministry of Labour and Human resources) and Bishnu Chettri (Youth and Innovation-Solution Mapper and Explorer, UNDP Bhutan)

Entrepreneurs play a vital role in the economic development of a country. They mobilize resources and add value to the business ecosystem by providing new goods and services needed by society. They create jobs, and add to the government revenue by paying taxes and through other contributions.

Teaching entrepreneurial skills…


Towards understanding households’ values, beliefs, and attitude towards waste, and to help identify favorable attributes that will help nudge households to segregate waste at source.

Green bins for wet waste, blue for dry waste and red for hazardous waste.

Three colored bins for waste segregation were tested in one of the core areas of Thimphu as part of an innovative trial of behavioral interventions…


This blog documents the collaboration between UNDP Bhutan and Dark Matter Labs in a three-month project investigating the systemic challenge of youth employment and the future of work in Bhutan. The intelligence report published by UNDP Bhutan can be found here.

Bhutan in transition

Students of College of Natural Resources

Designing a viable and sustainable employment market for its…


A reflection on what ‘valuing water’ means in Bhutan’s context, immediate and long-term threats to water from climate change, and how UNDP is supporting Bhutan in tackling water challenges and to accelerate progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.

Almost 99.6% of the households in Bhutan have access to safe drinking water.

This year’s World Water Day draws special attention to the value…


The mounting waste problem has become not just an eyesore in otherwise pristine Bhutan but also one of the major national concern.

Bhutan witnessed rapid economic growth in the past two decades. As people’s income improved and urban population grew coupled with change in production and consumption patterns and habits, the country has been seeing another growth, albeit an undesirable one. …


There is no doubt that the COVID-19 crisis is reshaping our volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, in short the VUCA environment that we have been living in for quite some time now. Others say that we may have moved into a new emerging state termed BANI-brittle, anxious, non-linear, and incomprehensible

UNDP Bhutan

Empowering lives and building resilient communities to leave no one behind.

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