Bhutan connects to global research and education community

Local researchers, academics and medical doctors can benefit from extensive global collaboration opportunities that foster knowledge sharing and capacity development with the launch of European Union (EU) co-funded Asi@Connect Bhutan project on August 21 in Thimphu. The project enables its regional high capacity and high quality internet network, Trans Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) to connect […]

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MFIs have higher interest rates than FIs

MFIs determine their own interest rates Some of the micro-finance institutions (MFIs) in the country have very high interest rates compared to financial institutions. For example, Respect Educate Nurture and Empower Women (RENEW) charges interest rates from 18% to 24% while Bhutan Association of women Entrepreneurs (BAOWE) charges about 10% and Tarayana Foundation about 7%. […]

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APAs: Learning accountability

What started as mid-term review by the first democratically elected government has given way to the annual performance agreement (APA), which was initiated by the previous government. Currently, the government has been signing almost one APA after another, including most recently with the Thromde and the information and communications ministry. The APA has a cascading […]

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Stringent law needed to curb digital pornography

In September 2014, a 21-year old woman reported to Bumthang police that her boyfriend had made a sex video of her and circulated via WeChat. The video was made in June 2012 without consent. The suspect was convicted. In another incident a 20-year-old woman lodged a complaint with Pasakha police in Phuentsholing stating that her […]

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Strengthening women’s participation in leadership

Ensuring gender equality is a priority of the government and one of the sustainable development goals. With the launch of Bhutan Women Parliamentary caucus (BWPC) on August 14, the initiative would ensure gender equality in elected offices and leadership by facilitating and organizing support for women to succeed thereby multiplying the number of women role […]

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