Work­ing to­wards more col­lab­o­ra­tive cul­ture

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As Bhutan pre­pares to move into next cy­cle of de­vel­op­ment plan­ning, civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions feel the need to meet with gov­ern­ment coun­ter­parts to find cre­ative skills and tools to cre­ate sus­tain­able, ef­fi­cient, and ef­fec­tive prac­tices in their or­gan­i­sa­tions and to con­tinue do­ing good work for so­ci­ety.

The Bhutan Cen­tre for Me­dia and Democ­racy (BCMD) or­ga­nized a civil so­ci­ety lead­er­ship sum­mit, bring­ing in to­gether 27 mem­bers of civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions with de­ci­sion mak­ers from six gov­ern­ment agen­cies to fo­cus on how to lead the civil so­ci­ety sec­tor. This comes at a time when phil­an­thropic do­na­tions are also be­com­ing thin- ner, and the need for col­lab­o­ra­tion is im­per­a­tive for de­vel­op­ment pri­or­i­ties to be suc­cess­ful. The sum­mit was held in Paro at the Kichu Re­sort from 5-6 Oc­to­ber.

The pur­pose of this meet­ing was to en­able both civil so­ci­ety and gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion­mak­ers to dis­cuss and share ideas to en­able civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions to be more sus­tain­able and con­struct a vi­brant, re­silient, and ef­fec­tive civil so­ci­ety in Bhutan.

The sum­mit was de­signed to en­able the cur­rent and next gen­er­a­tions of lead­ers in civil so­ci­ety to re­flect on their cur­rent sta­tus and how it can build a more col­lab­o­ra­tive cul­ture. “We need in Bhutan to strengthen the lead­er­ship of civil so­ci­ety and work to­wards build­ing a stronger part­ner­ship. This is one of the aims that the sum­mit hopes to achieve,” BCMD ex­ec­u­tive pro­fes­sional direc­tor, Siok Sian Pek-Dorji.

The sum­mit can best be summed up un­der the fa­cil­i­ta­tor’s Adrian Chan’s words: “We will think of a suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion on a group ta­ble ac­tiv­ity, then we work our way up to­wards na­tion­build­ing.”

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