Contribution to the UN Bhutan One Programme 2016 - 2018
The overall objective of the project is to support the RGoB in improving the enabling environment for equal access to justice, particularly for vulnerable groups. This will support the achievement of the Good Governance pillar of Gross National Happiness and advance the integration of SDGs, 16 on peace and justice, 10 on inequality, and 5 on gender equality into the 12th Plan.
The three outcomes of the project are:
Outcome 1: Evidence-based, inclusive decision-making and policy development is advanced, towards a single policy framework on governance that measures both Gross National Happiness and SDG results, where no-one is left behind
Outcome 2: The Rule of Law and related institutions are strengthened for enhanced access to justice for women, marginalized groups, and key populations, including LGBTI, People Living with HIV and Persons with Disabilities
Outcome 3: Parliament and key institutions strengthened to perform core functions for improved accountability, participation and representation.
The total primary and secondary targets are approximately 41,229.
The primary target groups for UN One Programme II are Members of Parliament and the Parliament Secretariat staff, professional staff of the Office of Attorney General, judges, the Bhutan National Legal Institute and the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, Members of the National Commission for Women and Children and the Multi-Sectoral Task Force towards ratification of UNCPRD, staff of the Royal Bhutan Police and number of key CSOs, including RENEW and Lhak-Sam. They will be trained on administration of justice for vulnerable groups. Approximately, a total of 242 are the primary targets.
The secondary target groups are beneficiaries of the project partners such as women, marginalized groups and key population (LGBT, People with Disabilities and People living with HIV) those who would benefit from access to justice for all. Also the capacity of civil society organizations working with victims of domestic violence will be strengthen. Approximately, a total of 40,987 are the secondary targets.
The main activities are
- an in depth analysis of priority group based on vulnerability baseline assessment;
- the development of national policy on persons with disabilities including support high level task force on disability towards ratification & implementation of UNCRPD;
- the development of justice sector strategy including strategic plan for the Office of Attorney General, the establishment of Bar Association/Council, training of lawyers and the Royal Bhutan Police on the laws, to conduct a violence against women study and to develop a Gender Equality Policy and to expand the Virtual Zomdue (video conferencing) to 47 constituencies; and
- the strengthening of the capacity of the Parliamentary committees on legislative and outreach skills;
Building on the progress of the Phase I, the Phase II of the UN One Programme will reinforce the collaboration with partners from the government, civil society including the vulnerable groups on the legislative and policy advocacy and capacity building. This phase will build synergy between the Bhutanese justice sector strategy and the Phase II of the Legal Sector Programme such that the synergies will be mainstreamed into the Bhutan’s next five-year plan, i.e. the 12th Five Year Plan. This Phase also contributes to all six National Key Result Areas of Governance pillar of the 11th Five Year Plan and complements Austria’s programmes under the Austria – Bhutan Country Strategy 2014 - 2018.