Political parties pledge to support CSOs
All four political parties, pledges to strengthened and give support to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
According to the manifesto of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), DPT will assist the CSOs to garner adequate funds from various sources for their social activities and the party will review the CSO Act to create an enabling environment for CSOs/ non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The manifesto of People's Democratic Party (PDP) states that, “Our civil society organizations, small and big, have played a huge role in providing support to the needy and hope for those in distress.”
Their role has been immense in supporting women, fighting domestic violence and lifting people from poverty. They have nurtured new entrepreneurs helping many take the road towards prosperity. Without much fanfare, our CSOs have been playing a crucial role in working towards achieving the overarching goals of Gross National Happiness. Therefore, PDP commit to serve, protect and nurtured our democratic institution to ensure a vibrant democracy.
Despite enormous achievements made by our CSOs, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) said that they know they are confronted with financial constraints and that sustaining their programs and organization itself are a problem. There is limited capacity and opportunity for fund raising and resource mobilization. Many of our CSOs remain unrecognized, are perceived to be contradicting government programs and their concerns remain unheard.
Therefore, DNT pledges that they will establish a revolving fund that CSOs can access.
“To encourage and assist our CSOs, we will establish a revolving fund that will allow them to access funds conveniently and reliably. We will make funding flexible to allow greater share in sustaining and for administrative costs.
DNT will also invest in capacity building of CSOs to mobilize funds that being aware of the limited capacity and the inability of many small CSOs to access funds and meet donor requirements, we will support capacity-building of CSOs specifically in resource mobilization. The manifesto states that DNT will strengthen CSOs to carry out these functions and enable the authority to provide technical support to CSOs.
Besides that, DNT said that they will also outsource programs and activities to CSOs for effective implementation.
“We will outsource development programs and activities in the 12th Plan to CSOs, who can more effectively carry them out. We will avoid duplication and, wherever possible, give opportunity to CSOs to engage in development work as a priority. Monitoring and reporting mechanisms will be strengthened and the role of CSOs, vis-avis, the government will be further strengthened.”
According to the manifesto of Bhutan KuenNyam Party (BKP), the party will provide equal opportunities and avoid exclusion while respecting diversity as part of the enabling environment for socio-economic development.
BKP believes in a fair economic environment where more Bhutanese citizens benefit and not a selected few.
The manifesto states that, BKP would provide finance beyond tangible collaterals into project based mechanisms (Priority Sector Lending, CSI Banking, CSO partnerships).