Assistance by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security project “Basic Education/Literacy, Income Security and Employment for Vulnerable People including Children and Women in Bhutan”

June 22, 2007

  1. On the 22nd of June (Friday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 2,235,839.1US dollars (approximately 259.36 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled “Basic Education/Literacy, Income Security and Employment for Vulnerable People including Children and Women in Bhutan” that will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and World Food Programme (WFP) in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
  2. Bhutan is a land-locked least developed country, struggling with challenges such as rural poverty, illiteracy, limited availability of schools and unemployment of youth. This project aims to address these challenges by assisting children and women of rural areas of southern and eastern Bhutan by providing multi-sectoral supports including literacy and vocational education, health, income generation and job creation. The following activities will be implemented.

    Improving access to primary schools resulting in higher enrolment and completion of rural children;

    -   Providing clean drinking water, latrines, and kitchens with fuel efficient stoves to improve school sanitation and environment;

    -   Increasing knowledge, skills and income of rural poor households through the provision of non-formal education, skills training and the establishment of a network of 10 Integrated Community Development Centers;

    -   Introducing microfinance for the rural poor households, particularly women;

    -   Increasing jobs, self-employment and small businesses to reduce unemployment, particularly among youth and women.

  3. This project is expected to empower the socio-economically disadvantaged and vulnerable people of the Bhutanese society.

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