A photo session from the Bhutan Democracy Forum
Strengthening decentralised planning at the Local Government level
As the planning process for the 13th Five Year Plan commences by mid 2022, 61 LG office bearers and community residents from Thimphu, Paro and Trashigang are equipped with community analysis tools and facilitation skills. A planning officer noted how the tools would be useful in gathering the ‘actual needs’ of the people and enable a shift from the current infrastructure focused developmental plans to addressing social issues. A Tshogpa from Genkha remarked on the timeliness of the training as 22 out of 44 participants were newly elected members.
Conversation on “Democracy Today”
Keeping up with the biannual publication of The Druk Journal, two Suja Dzaw Conversations were held on the theme ‘Democracy Today’. The Conversation’s attendees involved a diverse group that included the political parties and the media. The Conversation discussed a wide range of topics from political ideology to the teaching of civics in the Bhutanese Education system and democracy as a means to realise Gross National Happiness:
Looking towards equitable growth after pandemic
As the country emerges from the whirlwinds of the pandemic, the Bhutan Democracy Form 2022 was organised on the theme “Equitable Prosperity through Inclusive Growth.”
The Forum deliberated on numerous and pressing issues such as the need to stabilise the volatility of Bhutan’s economy, diversify the economy from hydropower that is vulnerable to climate change, and the need to invest in R&D to forecast economic opportunities and shocks.
About 130 participants from government agencies, political parties, civil society organisations, the media, academic institutions and schools attended the Forum.y
Sharing ideas in the Bhutan Democracy Forum
Local leaders with their cob-web exercise
A local leader presenting in the Gallery walk
A Conversation attendee reading The Druk Journal