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 on waste management.

Led by the National Environment Commission’s waste flagship program, the trial was carried out from March 13 to April 10. It will provide insights into how and what could encourage households to segregate waste. …


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 growing youth population remains a daunting challenge for Bhutan. More than half the country’s 700,000 population are under 27. The youth population is projected to bulge further in the next couple of decades. This could potentially exacerbate the already bleak labor market. Unemployment rates have remained consistently high over the…


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 of water. The day calls on everyone to celebrate all the different ways in which water benefits our lives. It is hoped that this would help highlight the global water crisis and provide a fresh impetus to water management and conservation efforts.

For Bhutan, water holds enormous value not only…


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

Almost 99.6% of Bhutanese households have access to safe drinking water.

This year’s World Water Day draws special attention to the value of water. The day calls on everyone to celebrate all the different ways in which water benefits our lives. It is hoped that this would help highlight the global water crisis and provide a fresh impetus to water management and conservation efforts.

For Bhutan, water holds enormous value not only from the…


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. Waste management, a scourge troubling many countries the world over, has become a growing national concern.

In a bid to tackle the challenge with lasting solutions, the Government has identified waste management as one of the flagship programs for its 12th Five Year Plan (2018–2023). The program seeks to promote circular economy and implement targeted interventions aimed at reducing landfill waste…


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. Both describe the world as overly complex, constantly confronted with stubborn economic, social, and environmental problems which are becoming increasingly unpredictable. So, how do we then reorganize ourselves for these uncertainties? More notably, what kind of new approaches should we use to solve the problems facing the 21st century?

Reimagining development for the 21st century

Cognizant…

UNDP Bhutan

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

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