Democratic Governance

Bhutan today is the world’s youngest democracy. Following a Democratic Constitutional Monarchy system after the historic parliamentary elections in 2008, Bhutan now has a written Constitution, an elected government and Parliament in power. The country’s second national elections are taking place in 2013.

Our Goals

UNDP's support is broadly categorized under the areas of decentralization and local governance; electoral systems; access to justice; parliamentary development; public administration reform and anti-corruption; e-governance, access to information and media development. The mainstreaming of gender into different program components to enhance inclusiveness of development interventions are also under this mandate, with support to capacity development especially at the local level.more

National Consultation for Women in Politics.

Photo Sonam Tsoki Tenzin © UNDP Bhutan

Our Stories

  • A typical travel route for rural people to process their paperwork. Photo © UNDP Bhutan

    Bringing services to the people

    The UNDP-project benefits about 3000 to 5000 local people from the two gewogs (blocks) and over 20,000 public servants, with the time for processing the permits and clearances reduced from a month to about a week.more

Projects and Initiatives

Members of the Parliament, Committees and Secretariat capacities enhanced towards gender sensitive Parliament

The project aims at contributing towards the success of the parliamentary democratic system in Bhutan by strengthening the capacity of the Parliament, which includes the National Assembly and the National Council. more

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