Labour market analysis and employment generation targeting women and youth

About the project:

BeneficiariesUNDP poverty reduction projects target rural communities, women and youth. Photo Sonam Tsoki Tenzin © UNDP Bhutan

As in other developing countries, Bhutan is struggling with youth unemployment. Currently the national unemployment rate stands at 2.1%, which by international standards is not very high, out of which the youth unemployment rate is significantly high at 7.2% in 2012.

In addition, Bhutan has a youthful demographic profile, which means a high rate of youth unemployment may persist in the future, if corresponding jobs are not created. At the end of the 11th FYP, the unemployed population is estimated at 9.7%, mostly represented by educated youths in the ages between 15-24 years. The pattern of high unemployment in the early age groups indicates that these cohorts are most vulnerable as they will enter the labour market with certain level of education and limited work experience.

The project will guide national employment and human resources development policies, plans, and strategies, through the strengthening of labour market analysis and publishing of the National Human Resource Development Policy. It aims to reduce unemployment, especially among youth and women through skills training and increased opportunities for self-employment and small businesses.

Project Outline

The project aims to enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MOLHR) to reduce unemployment, especially among youth and women through creative entrepreneurship development for the Creative Industry (CI) sector. In addition, it will support CI community based entrepreneurs to promote a productive sector by enhancing the capacity of the MOLHR staff in policy analysis and strategic planning, advocacy and awareness programmes on vocational education and training.

Activities in 2013 include the following:

  • Conduct Impact assessment of Rural Enterprise Development and Income Generation Start-up Support Programme
  • Train MOLHR staff in policy analysis and strategic planning with focus on strengthening functional capacities in reviewing, coordinating and implementing policies
  • Advocacy and awareness programme conducted on vocational education, job opportunities, internships, career prospects, entrepreneurship and other youth related attitude concerns
  • Occupational skills development programme conducted for unemployed people, particularly women with a focus on assisting small business start-up and gainful employment.


Donor Name Amount Contributed
$ 62, 500

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