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 for various reasons. Internationally, civil society refers to organisations and institutions like labour unions, non-profit organisations, religious institutions, and other service agencies that provide important services to society but generally ask for very little in return. Some countries also include the independent mass media, think tanks, universities, social groups which can mean families, and the space where citizens associate around areas of need, concern, or interest.

Civil Society In Bhutan

Winter 2017 Volume 3, Issue 2

Table of Contents


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

Civil Society

Civil Society is Important – But Not a Magic Bullet
Bjørn Førde

Civil Society: Change, Challenge, and Chance
Dr Karma Phuntsho

Civil Society – Early Days

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

Emergence of Civil Society in Bhutan
Lam Dorji

Birth of the National Youth Association of Bhutan (NYAB) – the Firt Non-government Initiative: An Interview With Dasho Paljor J. Dorji, One of the Pioneers of NYAB

Civil Society – Growth

Nurturing Civil Society – Building Legitimacy, Ensuring Relevance
Siok Sian Pek-Dorji

Civil Society – Why it Matters
Dr Tashi Ronald Colman

Bhutan, Civil Society, and the EU
Jean Lambert

Civil Society – Experiences Elsewhere

Civil Society Organisations in Switzerland
Rudolf Dannecker

A Way Forward: What’s Civil Society Got to do With It?
Samuel E Bonilla Bogaert

Civil Society Should Shift Focus on Human Capital as Democratic Spaces Shrink
Gagan Sethi

Civil Society – Sustainability

Bhutanese Need to Write Compelling Proposals : An Interview With Dr Bruce Bunting, Founder and President of Bhutan Foundation
Dr Bruce Bunting

Skills-based Symbiosis: How Mutually Beneficial Civil Society-Private Sector Partnership Delivers Capacity Building
Sriven Naidu

Large-scale Innovative Fund-raising for Greater Impact and Sustainability of CSOs
Dechen Dorji

Resource mobilisation for Civil Society Organisations in Bhutan
Saroj K. Nepal