Bhutan

Bhutan

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Bhutan’s road to democracy is in many ways considered unique. A small country nestled in the Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan transitioned to democracy in 2008 after the former King voluntarily abdicated in favor of his son. This was done to create the imperative conditions for a smooth and successful transition to a multi-party democracy. This period also enabled the drafting of the constitution through extensive public consultation.

International IDEA has supported the country’s transition to democracy since 2012, assisting the Election Commission of Bhutan through capacity building activities. From 2013 onwards, the support was extended to the parliament, helping them meet their constitutional mandates. IDEA’s technical advice and support is aimed at building the capacity of the legislators and staff in the parliamentary secretariat and promoting institutional reform through effective streamlining and formalization of procedures. International IDEA contributes to, among other things, improving the legislative and policy analysis capacity of the parliamentarians; building human resource capacity of the secretariat through peer learning with other regional and global parliamentary bodies; training members of parliament on effective media relations and communication outreach; and enhancing research and drafting skills of the key parliamentary committee staff.

Aside from assisting the election commission with enhancing citizens’ understanding of electoral processes, we also supported civil society organizations in Bhutan in delivering civic education on democratic principles and good governance, promoting dialogue on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and enhancing civic participation, particularly as it relates to women.

Bhutan in News & Events

Oct
26
2018

Bhutan citizens queue to vote on 18 October 2018. Photo courtesy: Kuensel

News Article
Oct
12
2018
Fellows with Mr Shane Donnelly, Clerk of the House of Assembly and Mr David Pearce, Clerk of Legislative Council and Staff. Photo credit: International IDEA

Fellows with Mr Shane Donnelly, Clerk of the House of Assembly and Mr David Pearce, Clerk of Legislative Council and Staff. Photo credit: International IDEA

News Article
Aug
01
2018
Visioning Excercise at Paro. Photo Credit: BCMD

Visioning Excercise at Paro. Photo Credit: BCMD

News Article
Apr
27
2018
Photo credit: The Bhutanese, 2018

Photo credit: The Bhutanese, 2018

Commentary
Feb
12
2018
Hon Speaker of NA and the Hon Deputy Chairperson of NC , during the launch of the manuals. Photo Credit: NA website.

Hon Speaker of NA and the Hon Deputy Chairperson of NC , during the launch of the manuals. Photo Credit: NA website.

News Article
Oct
17
2017
Lord Bryan Davies of Oldham, Ms Davies and Sinead Nicola Jayawickreme inside the Tashischho Dzong. Photo Credit: Pema Yangzome

Lord Bryan Davies of Oldham, Ms Davies and Sinead Nicola Jayawickreme inside the Tashischho Dzong. Photo Credit: Pema Yangzome

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Election Commission of Bhutan
National Assembly of Bhutan
National Council of Bhutan

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Asia and the Pacific Region

99 Northbourne Avenue Turner 2612

Canberra ACT Australia

Postal address: P.O. Box 6156

O'Connor ACT 2602

+95 9 263128104
Leena Rikkila Tamang
Director for Asia and the Pacific
Bhutan
+977 1 4432846
Antonio Spinelli
Head of Mission, Nepal and South Asia