Austrian Contribution to the Joint Support Programme to Civil Society in Bhutan

Contract partner: GNHC / RGoB - Gross National Happiness Commission - Royal Government of BhutanCountry: Bhutan Funding amount: € 400.000,00Project start: 01.11.2012End: 31.12.2015

Short Description:

Overall goal

The support to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in Bhutan aims at enhancing civil society’s engagement in the democratic process and in poverty reduction based on the principles of good governance.

The programme consists of two components: 1) Financial support to activities of CSOs and CBOs which contribute to the development process by targeting specific needs of beneficiaries and contribute to the quality of life for the people of Bhutan; 2) Capacity development of CSOs and CBOs to strengthen their competencies, their role and relevance as civil society actors.

The programme is managed through a fund management mechanism (CSO Fund Facility), channelling joint support of various donors (DANIDA, HELVETAS, SNV, ADC) to support CSOs in Bhutan, The programme is part of ADC’s support to Good Governance in line with the ADC Country Strategy Bhutan 2010-2013 as well as with the 10th Five Year Plan, the Civil Society Organisations Act of Bhutan 2007 and the Civil Society Organization Rules and Regulations 2010.

project number2698-00/2012
source of fundingOEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.