Tweak the Course, not the goal

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Ev­ery gov­ern­ment that gets sworn in should sup­port con­ti­nu­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity of de­vel­op­ment projects, Nam­gay Tsh­er­ing, Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa’s Dogar-Shaba can­di­date em­pha­sises.A small coun­try, whose de­vel­op­ment projects are donor-driven, he said, can­not afffff­ford to be in­dif­fer­ent to how the money is spent.

“A gov­ern­ment comes in, ini­ti­ates a project, which barely com­plete and is scrapped offff by the next,” he said, adding it was the peo­ple who suf­fered even­tu­ally from an­i­mos­ity among po­lit­i­cal par­ties, ex­pressed un­for­tu­nately, over pub­lic ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture.

Nyam­rup, he said be­lieved in con­ti­nu­ity of de­vel­op­ment projects so it is sus­tained in the larger in­ter­est of the na­tion and its peo­ple, be­sides hav­ing new ones of its own.

“The ways in which we do things and de­liver can be difffff­fer­ent, not the goal, which is the hap­pi­ness of our peo­ple,” he said.

Given a chance, Nam­gay Tsh­er­ing wishes to breathe essence into the phrase “bot­tom-up ap­proach”, which is to en­gage peo­ple in mak­ing de­ci­sions about their own com­mu­ni­ties and its fu­ture.

In a ca­reer span­ning a decade and a half in the health sec­tor, Nam­gay Tsh­er­ing brings with him pol­icy draft­ing ex­per­tise, project im­ple­men­ta­tion skills and man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence.

He was a key fig­ure in draft­ing the na­tional health pol­icy and pub­lic health strate­gies. He also played a crit­i­cal role in ini­ti­at­ing Lhak­sam (a CSO rep­re­sent­ing peo­ple liv­ing with HIV-AIDS) in 2009.

He was also cat­alytic in chang­ing their lives through sus­tained med­i­ca­tions se­cured with as­sis­tance from the Global Fund.

Name : Nam­gay Tsh­er­ing Age : 39 Years Con­stituency : Dokar_Sharpa, Paro Email : tsher­ Phone : 17743149 Qual­i­fi­ca­tion : Masters De­gree in Pub­lic Health, Chu­la­longkorn Univer­sity, Thai­land BSc. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion from Univer­sity of Madras, In­dia

Pro­fes­sional back­ground : Na­tional HIV/AIDS & STIs con­trol pro­gram man­ager, health min­istry Com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­ease divi­sion head, health min­istry Na­tional pro­fes­sional of­fi­cer, World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion

The ways in which we do things and de­liver can be dif­fer­ent, not the goal, which is the hap­pi­ness of our peo­ple.”

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