International Cooperation and Development

Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a South Asian mountainous and landlocked country of 817,000 inhabitants.

The country’s development philosophy is based on the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH). This seeks to balance spiritual and material advancement through sustainable and equitable economic growth and development, protection and sustainable use of the environment, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage, and good governance.

Our priorities

Local authorities and civil society

Support the Royal government of Bhutan to improve its financial capability to implement local government reforms, promote decentralisation and local government reforms, improve service delivery at local levels, and to improve governance in particular at local level and in public finance management.

Sustainable agriculture and forestry

Support the renewable natural resources sector taking into account innovative practices for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

In addition to the above-mentioned support, Bangladesh also received funds from EU thematic budgets and regional programmes. This includes amongst others capacity building of civil society organisations, trade, disaster preparedness, connectivity, sustainable consumption and production.

Our impact

Local authorities and civil cociety

  • 60% of the EU support to the capacity building of civil society is directed to the 10 poorest local government regions, with 40% of the projects addressing gender matters and 35% focusing on vulnerability reduction initiatives.

  • EU assistance contributed to 21 green business initiatives with active participation of women.

Sustainable agriculture and forestry

  • EU budget support to renewable natural resource sector has contributed to reduce income poverty (from 12% in 2012 to 8.2 % in 2017) and find an employment for 9,200 people.

  • With the help of the EU, Bhutan constructed or renovated 354 kilometres of irrigation channels, and ca. 750 hectares of watershed areas were put under afforestation and reforestation.

  • EU supported the strengthening of the institutional capacity with 1,100 officials trained (1/3 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest) on various topics related to agriculture, forestry, livestock, information technology, finance, legal and management.

  • The EU supported 180 farm shops throughout the country to promote the commercialisation of agricultural products by supplying cold storage and packing equipment's.

Our programmes

European development aid to Bhutan is funded from the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI). The current funding cycle for 2014-2020 amounts to 42 million.

The Multi-annual Indicative Programme 2014-2020 for Bhutan (€42 million) focuses on 1) Local authorities and civil society and 2) Sustainable agriculture and forestry.

In addition to above-mentioned support, Bangladesh also received funds from EU thematic budgets and regional programmes. This includes amongst others capacity building of civil society organisations, trade, disaster preparedness, connectivity, sustainable consumption and production.