CSOs show­case their work and prod­ucts

Bhutan Times - - Home - Sonam Wangmo

Her Majesty the Gyalt­suen graced the two-day CSO Fair in Thim­phu on 6 Novem­ber.

The an­nual civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tion fair brings to­gether most reg­is­tered CSOs to show­case their man­dates. The pur­pose of 2016 CSO fair was to show­case the work of civil so­ci­ety in con­tribut­ing to com­mon in­ter­ests and good and to mark the needs of CSOs, and to gen­er­ate pub­lic in­ter­est in sup­port­ing their work.

The fair pro­vided a plat­form for CSOs, both reg­is­tered and un­reg­is­tered, to pro­mote net­work­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion to strengthen their pos­i­tive so­cial im­pacts.

Ti­tled “Cel­e­brat­ing Civil So­ci­ety”, the fair pre­sented the roles and works of CSOs in com­ple­ment­ing the work of gov­ern­ment.

CSOs play a sig­nif­i­cant role in achiev­ing the country’s devel­op­ment goals as the they op­er­ate in con­struc­tive part­ner­ship with the gov­ern­ment to ad­vance pub­lic in­ter­est so­cio-eco­nom­i­cally, cul­tur­ally and en­vi­ron­men­tally.

The fair show­cased a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts made by dif­fer­ent CSOs.

The fair pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to the vis­i­tors to be­come mem­bers, part­ners or vol­un­teers of CSOs.

CSOs in Bhutan work in the ar­eas rang­ing from me­dia and democ­racy, poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, en­vi­ron­ment, mu­sic, and cul­ture, among oth­ers.

SAARC Business As­so­ci­a­tion of Home-based Work­ers (SABAH) is one of the or­ga­ni­za­tions mostly help­ing women where weav­ing is prac­ticed. It pro­vides ba­sic business man­age­ment and en­trepreneur skills to women.

Kelzang, 35, said, “SABAH has my life shine.” She said that af­ter be­com- ing a mem­ber of SABAH, she knows how to de­sign prod­ucts, tai­lor­ing, and mar­ket­ing pro­cesses.

Tarayana Foun­da­tion has helped more than 1,000 fam­i­lies by pro­vid­ing shel­ter till 2015. It also helps ed­u­cate young chil­dren mostly in ru­ral ar­eas.

Like­wise, Bhutan Kid­ney Foun­da­tion has or­ga­nized a na­tion­wide sen­sa­tion pro­gram to cre­ate aware­ness among peo­ple on kid­ney-re­lated diseases.

Be­sides so­cial and en­vi­ron­ment re­lated or­ga­ni­za­tions, CSOs work­ing for me­dia and jour­nal­ism help pro­mote jour­nal­ism in the main­stream news me­dia and en­cour­age me­dia lit­er­acy among me­dia con­sumers.

The of­fi­cial CSO sys­tem was es­tab­lished in 2007 af­ter the Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tions Act of Bhutan for­mal­ized and rec­og­nized the CSO sec­tor in the country.

This year, CSO fair was built around a the­matic ex­hi­bi­tion us­ing the four pil­lars and nine do­mains of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness.

Thirty-four out of 46 reg­is­tered CSOs came to­gether to mark the day.

The pro­gram ended on 7 Novem­ber.

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