Vul­ner­a­bil­ity base­line as­sess­ment re­port launched

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The vul­ner­a­bil­ity base­line as­sess­ment re­port for 14 groups that were iden­ti­fied as be­ing vul­ner­a­ble was launched in the cap­i­tal last Tues­day.

The as­sess­ment was un­der­taken with sup­port from the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP).

The el­derly, per­sons with disabilities, women work­ing in Drayangs, sin­gle par­ents and their chil­dren, and vul­ner­a­ble city dwellers are among those who have been iden­ti­fied as vul­ner­a­ble in Bhutan, ac­cord­ing to the new re­port re­leased.

Speak­ing at the launch the Sec­re­tary for the Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness Com­mis­sion, Thin­ley Nam­gyel said Bhutan in its pur­suit of in­clu­sive so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and had iden­ti­fied ad­dress­ing the needs of the vul­ner­a­ble groups as one the six­teen na­tional key re­sult ar­eas in the 11thFive Year Plan (2013-2018). This was done to en­sure the ben­e­fits of so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment reach the most dis­ad­van­taged and vul­ner­a­ble sec­tions of our pop­u­la­tion, in the process en­hanc­ing their stan­dard of liv­ing and qual­ity of life. He added that this was also in line with the global com­mit­ment to ‘Leave No One Be­hind’.

He said , while many of the iden­ti­fied groups are al­ready rec­og­nized by the gov­ern­ment as re­quir­ing tar­geted in­ter­ven­tions, the re­port sheds ad­di­tional light on the so­cial is­sues faced by vul­ner­a­ble groups, the rea­sons be­hind cer­tain vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties, and the readi­ness of Bhutan’s cur­rent pol­icy, le­gal, and data land­scape to ad­dress those chal­lenges. The rec­om­men­da­tions in the re­port will pro­vide guid­ance in for­mu­lat­ing strate­gies to ad­dress the is­sues faced by th­ese vul­ner­a­ble groups. The sec­re­tary men­tioned that while the re­port was just be­ing launched, the gov­ern­ment has al­ready un­der­taken var­i­ous ini­tia­tives to ad­dress the needs of some of the vul­ner­a­ble groups with sup­port from our de­vel­op­ment part­ners.

For in­stance, the gov­ern­ment is al­ready im­ple- ment­ing tar­geted poverty re­duc­tion pro­grams, the Na­tional Pol­icy for Per­sons with Dis­abil­ity is be­ing drafted, an as­sess­ment on the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Per­sons with Disabilities is also un­der progress. The Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women and Chil­dren (NCWC) is lead­ing de­vel­op­ment of Bhutan’s first na­tional Gen­der Equal­ity Pol­icy, as well as the first na­tional sur­vey to im­prove data on and un­der­stand of the preva­lence of vi­o­lence against women in Bhutan. In the 12th Five Year Plan tar­geted in­ter­ven­tions for vul­ner­a­ble groups has been iden­ti­fied as a key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tor for the Na­tional Key Re­sult Area ‘Healthy and car­ing So­ci­ety En­hanced’.

Mr. Ger­ald Daly, UNDP Res­i­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and UN Res­i­dent Co­or­di­na­tor in Bhutan, com­mended Bhutan’s com­mit­ment to in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment, as cap­tured by the fo­cus of its next, 12th Five Year Plan on a “just, har­mo­nious and sus­tain­able so­ci­ety.”

“Bhutan’s de­vel­op­ment story is a re­mark­able and rapid one,” he said “with poverty lev­els cut in half over the life of the last two five year plans,” he said. “En­sur­ing peo­ple do not fall back into poverty will be crit­i­cal to the na­tion’s con­tin­ued suc­cess, and that will re­quire fo­cus­ing on the needs of the most vul­ner­a­ble groups”.

“This re­port is there­fore a valu­able and timely barom­e­ter for the gov­ern­ment and its de­vel­op­ment part­ners in ad­vanc­ing both Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness and the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.”

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