Consultation meeting for assessment on strengthening the role of civil society and media in Bhutan

15 Nov 2013

15 November, Thimphu –   UNDP is undertaking an assessment to prepare for future programming with civil society and media in Bhutan. A series of workshops, surveys and consultations will be carried out in November to assess the strengths and constraints for civil society and media to promote people’s participation in democratic processes, public dialogue and discourse in Bhutan. 

As part of the assessment, a consultation and planning workshop was held with representatives from civil society, media, Government and development partners.  

As UNDP prepares for the implementation of the Bhutan One Programme (2014-2018), the assessment will better inform UNDP Bhutan’s approach to engage and work with civil society and media to strengthen democratic governance in Bhutan. The assessment provided a thorough analysis of the strengths and challenges (both internal and external) for media and civil society to promote people’s participation in the democratic processes, public dialogue and discourse in Bhutan.  It also identified methodology and indicators to be used to assess and measure civil society and media role in Bhutan and UNDP’s partnerships with the two parties to support the participation of people in the democratic process.   

The event will be followed up by another meeting on the 29th November, where the preliminary results of the assessment will be shared and the way ahead structured.