Bhutan’s public sector is a major employer and occupies a substantial source for investments and procurements with its expenditure accounting to more than 30 percent of the GDP. This suggests that the public sector has the potential for contributing significantly to Bhutan’s economic growth by accelerating innovation. The ever-increasing expectations of the citizens, also calls for a more citizen focused service delivery and opportunities for innovation.
To address the issue of human-wildlife conflict faced by the community of Dangchu in Wangduephodrang, a two-year project ‘Tiger conservation through economic empowerment and faith-based approach’ was started with support from GEF-Small Grants Programme’s Big Cats Innovation Programme. Under this, the Country Programme Strategy looks at conservation of species, community engagement and participation, improvement of livelihoods of local communities and employment generation for youth.
In just one week, Bhutan rolled out second dose of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 60 percent of its population, making the remote country the second most vaccinated in Asia, after Mongolia, and surpassing nearly all the countries in Europe and North America.
UNDP Bhutan Resident Representative Azusa Kubota in her conversation with DevelopmentAid highlights UNDP's partnership with the Royal Government, its role in COVID-19 recovery, the pursuit and interconnectedness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Gross National Happiness (GNH), and Bhutan's graduation from Least Development Countries (LDCs) category, among others.
The comprehensive trade study identifies strategies and interventions to promote and diversify the country’s trade sector, support smooth graduation from LDC category, and achieve SDGs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
DEWA is an integrated dashboard to monitor Gross National Happiness, Sustainable Development Goals and Development Planning in Bhutan.
As Bhutan looks at economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis presents once in a generational opportunity to green the brown sector, align recovery efforts with climate goals, and pursue a resilient and sustainable economy.

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