Empower Bhutan's Citizens to Engage in Democracy

by The Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy (BCMD)
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Empower Bhutan's Citizens to Engage in Democracy
Empower Bhutan's Citizens to Engage in Democracy
Empower Bhutan's Citizens to Engage in Democracy
Empower Bhutan's Citizens to Engage in Democracy
Empower Bhutan's Citizens to Engage in Democracy
Empower Bhutan's Citizens to Engage in Democracy
Empower Bhutan's Citizens to Engage in Democracy

Project Report | Jul 31, 2023
Empowering Bhutan's Citizens

By Kinley C Tenzin | Programme/ Communication Officer

Bhutan Democracy Forum
Bhutan Democracy Forum

Bhutan Democracy Forum foreshadows Media influence on upcoming General Elections

On January 13th, just before the fourth general elections, the 2023 Bhutan Democracy Forum on Media and Elections brought together a diverse group of 50 participants from the parliament, local governments, political parties, media and the government. 

Key point of discussion that emerged was the importance of collaborations between government agencies, civil society organisations, and technology firms in the battle against misinformation and disinformation during elections. The forum also addressed the challenges in accessing reliable information that undermines the media's role in informing the public. 

Additionally, it shed light on the ill-preparedness of youths to actively participate in democratic processes, emphasising the need for informed decision-making when selecting their representatives.

Inclusive and Participatory Planning for LG leaders of Samdrup Jongkhar

In collaboration with the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative (SJI), BCMD has extended its capacity building efforts to foster participatory and inclusive processes in local government consultation and planning to the Samdrup Jongkhar local government administrators and elected leaders. 

This collaborative effort aims to transform and empower the local government, fostering community-driven decision-making and inclusive planning processes for a more sustainable and inclusive community development..

GNH - Based Participatory Planning for the Local Leaders of Samdrup Jongkhar 

Building on the success of the Training of Trainers (TOT) held at Jigme Namgyel Engineering College (JNEC) in Dewathang in May, BCMD continued its mission to empower local leaders in Samdrup Jongkhar in July with a  group of 40 local government leaders and municipal officials. 

The participants recognised the usefulness of the GNH-based participatory planning toolkit  in identifying community issues and ensuring inclusivity during the planning processes.

Langchenphu Gup (elected local leader)  shared that the GNH-Based planning toolkit provided him with the means to address community issues through productive discussions and recommendations, fostering unity among local leaders for the greater good.

In closing remarks, Dasho Dzongrab of Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag, highlighted the substantial advantages of this workshop for local leaders, especially with the imminent arrival of the 13th five-year plan. The workshop's impact was evident, as leaders shifted their focus from infrastructure development to address the social issues impacting their communities and the well-being of their people. Dasho also expressed joy at witnessing the enthusiastic participation of several youths in the workshop, highlighting the importance of engaging the younger generation in community development.

Strengthening Good Governance and an Inclusive Democracy 

On May 23rd and 24th, 2023, BCMD conducted twol focus group discussions at the Paro College of Education, bringing together 12 participants from diverse backgrounds. The group included women, educators, and members of the Local Government.

These discussions hold significant importance as they provide critical input to  BCMD's civic resources aimed to strengthen good governance and promote inclusive democracy.

Evolution of Democracies – A Talk with Educators 

The engaging talk at the Paro College of Education, attended by over 45 teachers, delved into the historical evolution of democracy in Western countries. It highlighted the indispensable role of education and media in nurturing and sustaining democracy. 

Empowering CSOs for Effective Policy Advocacy

During the 4-day policy advocacy workshop, jointly organised by BCMD and BMF, 20 enthusiastic officials from various civil society organisations (CSOs) in Bhutan came together with a shared passion for driving positive change through policy advocacy.

During the workshop, one participant, representing the Bhutan Taxi Association, highlighted the urgent challenge faced by electric vehicle drivers due to inadequate charging stations. He expressed optimism, as the workshop provided him with valuable insights and approaches to address this pressing issue.

Another participant from Global Shapers found the workshop to be truly eye-opening. The diverse range of tools and techniques in policy advocacy broadened her understanding of how advocacy can be effectively employed to create a positive and lasting change in society.

Inclusive and Participatory Planning
Inclusive and Participatory Planning
GNH - Based Participatory Planning
GNH - Based Participatory Planning
GNH - Based Participatory Planning
GNH - Based Participatory Planning
Strengthening Good Governance
Strengthening Good Governance
Empowering CSOs
Empowering CSOs


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The Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy (BCMD)

Location: Thimphu, N/A - Bhutan
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Twitter: @Bhutan_CMD
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Pek Sioksian Dorji
Thimphu , N/A Bhutan
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