Editorial: Coordination, Collaboration, Consolidation, and the Fourth C (Civil Society)

    Winter Edition , The theme for this issue of The Druk Journal, “civil society”, is a critical element of democratic governance. It is an active sphere where civil society organisations (CSOs), non-government organisations (NGOs), and groups work in areas of common interest. This could include areas where the government’s impact is limited...

    Civil Society is Important – But Not a Magic Bullet

    Winter Edition , Introduction Towards the end of the 1990s, the Administrator of UNDP decided to establish a “civil society advisory committee” with members representing the global civil society community. This was a wise and timely decision, considering how important civil society organisations (CSOs) had become in the field of development cooperation....

    Civil Society: Change, Challenge, and Chance

    Winter Edition , The Change Bhutan has been going through a tremendous transition in all aspects of life. I have often been reiterating that, in the gap of half a century, the country has moved economically from subsistence farming to a consummerist market economy, socially from a totally rural country to a...

    The Pros and Cons of the Traditional Self-help Mechanism: A Story from Shari Gewog, Paro

    Winter Edition , Traditional Self-help Mechanism Traditional agrarian Bhutanese society relied on locally available self-help mechanisms to address various societal challenges. There were none of the registered civil society organisations (CSOs) which exist today. People relied on naturally formed systems that were based on local needs at the grassroots level in the...

    Emergence of Civil Society in Bhutan

    Winter Edition , Given that civil society is generally understood as the total space outside the domain of the government and private sectors in which civilians act collectively to pursue common interests, there is no denying that civil society in Bhutan existed long before we even knew what civil society actually meant....

    Birth of the National Youth Association of Bhutan (NYAB) – the First Non-governmental Initiative

    Winter Edition , An Interview with Dasho Paljor J. Dorji, one of the pioneers of NYAB The Druk Journal: How did the idea of starting the first non-governmental organisation, the National Youth Association of Bhutan (NYAB), come about? Dasho Paljor J. Dorji: We felt that the growing number of youth coming out...

    Nurturing Civil Society – Building Legitimacy, Ensuring Relevance

    Winter Edition , Introduction The government of Bhutan has initiated a process to review the civil society organisation (CSO) rules and regulations, nearly eight years after the establishment of a formal registration system for CSOs. This is expected to provide a much-needed analysis of the direction and impact of civil society in...

    Civil Society – Why it Matters

    Winter Edition , Civil society refers to the web of interpersonal connections that includes community engagement, volunteer work, social support networks, and groups of people who get together to help each other and benefit society. These connections can be completely informal, encompassing people in the village helping out those who are sick,...

    Bhutan, Civil Society, and the EU

    Winter Edition , Why Does the EU Want to Support Civil Society? During the visit to Bhutan of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with countries of South Asia (DSAS) in May this year, we were delighted to help launch the EU’s Programme in support of civil society in Bhutan. This initiative...

    Civil Society Organisations in Switzerland

    Winter Edition , HELVETAS Swiss Inter-cooperation and civil society A Few General Considerations What is civil society? It is not easy to define as the term is rather vague and there is no clear definition. Basically it is a large space between the State and private households. This means that civil society...

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