Austria and Bhutan have a long history of cooperation dating back to the late 1980s. The current Bhutan Country Strategy 2015-2018 focusses on three priority areas: energy, tourism, and governance. It was designed based on the recommendations from the 2013 Review of the Bhutan Country Strategy 2010–2013, with the initial ambition to achieve a gradual phasing-over of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) in Bhutan by 2018.

An independent Mid-Term Evaluation of the Country Strategy 2015-2018 was therefore commissioned in early 2017 with the aim to (i) assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and – to the extent possible and meaningful – the impact and sustainability of the results achieved since 2014; (ii) examine the possible consequences of a phasing-over at the end of 2018; and (iii) explore the potential design and focus of a new Country Strategy beyond 2018. Findings, conclusions, and recommendations, as well as overall lessons from the cooperation can be found in the final evaluation report. 

Review of the Strategic Guideline for Security and Development and its Implementation 2011-2016

The Strategic Guideline for Security and Development, approved by the Council of Ministers in 2011, recommend a Whole of Government Approach (WGA) to strengthen conflict prevention, crisis management, peace consolidation and state building in partner countries. They provide a framework for integrated policy development and action in the area of security and development, as well as promoting an improved interplay between the different policy areas and concepts.

The independent review of the Strategic Guidelines assesses the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and results achieved under the framework provided by the Guidelines, and to analyse the efficiency and effectiveness of the existing cooperation in different thematic areas - in order to support joint learning among the organisations involved, and to contribute to further developing policy and practice in this area of work. The findings, conclusions and recommendations of the review can be found in the executive summary and in the final report.