Our Work

The History

UNDP has been empowering the lives of the Bhutanese people to achieve holistic sustainable development since the early 1970s. For the first 20 years in Bhutan, UNDP focused on laying the foundations to build local human resources. Resources were then channeled to train Bhutanese in specific skills, such as public administration, specialist surgery, telecommunication, law, aviation and journalism.Read more about UNDP in Bhutan

UNDP in Bhutan

Bhutan’s partner for happiness since 1973

The Present

Today, after 43 years of transformational partnership, UNDP continues to be Bhutan’s key partner for growth. Over the years, the partnership has evolved to adapt to Bhutan’s changing development needs and challenges. Aligned to the government's 11th Five Year Plan, UNDP's current work in Bhutan is broadly categorized into the following portfolios: 

1.      Climate Change Adaptation & Disaster Risk Reduction >

2.      Climate Change Mitigation & Energy >

3.      Inclusive Governance >

4.      Economic Integration & Innovation >

The Future

With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) now nearing its end, UNDP looks forward to embark on another era of development partnership in Bhutan.

The Rio+20 Conference initiated a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to build upon the Millennium Development Goals and determine the post-2015 development agenda. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be consistent with international laws and build upon commitments already made.

It will address and incorporate a balanced approach on all dimensions of sustainable development and implement the outcomes of all major international summits in the socio-economic and environmental fields.

Our Stories

  • Local community members participate at local governance workshop


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  • Tenzin Dorji, beneficiary of the UNDP Rural Enterprise Development Programme (REDP)


Projects and Initiatives

The project aims to reduce unemployment, especially among youth and women through skills training and increased opportunities for self-employment and small businesses. more

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Our latest reports:
2011 UNDP Bhutan Annual Report

The 2011 Annual Report, “Promoting progress for all”, presents some of UNDP’s achievements from the past year.

2013 Baseline Survey for Royal Society for Senior Citizens

The baseline survey for senior citizens is a collective effort of UNDP and the Royal Society for Senior Citizens (RSSC).