The Economic Integration and Innovation (E2I) portfolio works to reduce income poverty to less than five per cent and multi-dimensional poverty rate to 10 per cent by 2018. E2I designs innovative ways to address poverty by addressing issues such as unemployment and underemployment. This will be achieved by focusing on income generation from traditional crafts and textiles, promoting small and cottage industries, improving access to plant genetic resources and benefit sharing for a pro-poor environment while also ensuring biodiversity conservation.

Our Projects


UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative - Phase II

The Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) works with the Local Governance Sustainable Development (LGSD) programme to improve governance and promote inclusive green socio-economic development at the district level. 

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Youth Employment and Innovation

The project promotes sustainable employment opportunities for youth, women and other vulnerable groups by identifying alternative income opportunities for the underemployed and rural poor. The Youth Employment and Innovation project provides skills development in order to narrow the skills deficit among Bhutanese youth. The project also helps income generation for women and other vulnerable groups and promotes learning opportunities for physically challenged children. Lastly, youth employment is boosted by supporting research for evidence-based policy making on the issue.

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Income generation through traditional crafts and textiles

The Income Generation and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project improves income opportunities for textile workers. The project improves textile production capacity, strategic marketing and product quality and works to create new markets for the improved products.

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Access and Benefit Sharing

Through an innovative approach in Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS), the project helps the government, private sector and local communities to harness the potential uses of the country’s rich biological resources sustainably as assets for inclusive and green economic development. The benefits are likely to be in the form of business, employment, research, technology transfer and capacity development opportunities.

The project regulates Access and Benefit Sharing through an ABS Policy and by ensuring that Biodiversity Rules and Regulations comply with the Nagoya Protocol. Furthermore, the project upgrades bio-prospecting laboratory facilities and technical skills of project stakeholders, so as to manage ABS better. The project will develop and operationalize three pilot agreements that comply with the Nagoya Protocol and encompass best practices. 

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Our Stories

A bakers story

Tashi Lhamo is 26 years old and married with two children. In 2009, she said she was unable to continue her education beyond the ninth grademore 

Working on building communities

Pema Thinley at 23, never thought he would have money to support his small family. Already married with two children and a small time farmer hemore 

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