Po­lit­i­cal par­ties pledge to sup­port CSOs

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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).

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