Phase II of REAP signed

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The Ru­ral Econ­omy Ad­vance­ment Pro­gramme (REAP) phase II con­tract agree­ment was signed be­tween Tarayana Foun­da­tion and the Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness Com­mis­sion Sec­re­tariat (GNHC) on the 8th of Jan­uary,2015 in Thimphu.

REAP is a pro­gramme de­vel­oped by the RGoB to tar­get the ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble and poverty af­flicted vil­lages that may not be ad­e­quately ad­dressed through broad­based de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes. This pro­gramme is funded by the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia (GoI). In the 10th FYP, GNHC im­ple­mented the pro­gramme (REAP I) in 10 vil­lages as a pi­lot, of which Tarayana im­ple­mented the same in two vil­lages of PamChaibi in Mong­gar and Lamthang in Zhem­gang. For the 11th FYP, GNHC has iden­ti­fied 75 vil­lages with high poverty in­ci­dences for up scal­ing of this tar­geted in­ter­ven­tion ap­proach. Con­sid­er­ing Tarayana’s ex­pe­ri­ence in ru­ral de­vel­op­ment and poverty alle­vi­a­tion in­ter­ven­tions, and based on the eval­u­a­tion of the REAP I, Tarayana Foun­da­tion has been iden­ti­fied as a part­ner to the gov­ern­ment in im­ple­ment­ing the REAP II. The Foun­da­tion will im­ple­ment this pro­gramme in 41 vil­lages, 11 Dzongkhags out of the 75 vil­lages iden­ti­fied.

Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay with four Sherubtse Col­lege stu­dents after Meet the Press ses­sion on Fri­day last. Th­ese stu­dents are in­tern­ing with BBS and are do­ing a good job. Many stu­dents through­out Bhutan are spend­ing their win­ter va­ca­tions work­ing to earn some money for the com­ing aca­demic year.

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