Summary of publication
This document outlines the objectives of Australia's aid program in Bhutan from 2013-2017.
The main objective of Australia’s assistance program is to support the enabling environment for continued reform in Bhutan, by helping to build the capacity of individuals and institutions. We will achieve this by focusing our assistance to Bhutan on:
- providing tertiary education through scholarships (Australia Awards and Endeavour Awards)
- building institutional capacity through linkages with Australian institutions (public sector and civil society), including in sectors such as tertiary education and electoral reform
- supporting skills development, particularly in technical and vocational areas, through scholarships and building the capacity of TVET institutions
- expanding Australia’s volunteers program into new sectors as agreed with the government.
In delivering this program Australia will work closely with the Royal Government of Bhutan and effective partners. We will prioritise areas where we can make the most difference and where results can be measured. Given we do not have a diplomatic post in Bhutan, programming decisions will reflect the need to minimise transaction costs and manage risk.
Over the period of this program strategy our assistance will improve the capacity of individuals and organisations in government, private sector and civil society to participate in Bhutan’s development. Our assistance will also lead to a more highly skilled workforce, including women and youth, which meet the needs of government and the private sector.