UNFPA Bhutan

While Bhutan has enjoyed robust economic growth, poverty reduction remains a priority. Serious challenges to the constitutional commitment to universal health care exist, from rising costs to poor knowledge of reproductive health, especially among young people. UNFPA has supported the integration of family planning in the health care system since it began operating in Bhutan in 1974. Today, under an expanded programme addressing overall population and development, it helps deliver comprehensive reproductive health care services, including for adolescents, and advocates for incorporating gender equality into key development frameworks.

Programme Activities

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Bhutan 2016 Programme Activities data

Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
Increased availability and use of integrated sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning, maternal health and HIV) that are gender-responsive and meet human rights standards for quality of care and equity in access
Total Spending:
$306224
Implemented by:
GOV $136743 (45%)
UNFPA $169481 (55%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Sexual and reproductive health in emergencies
Increased national capacity to provide sexual and reproductive health services in humanitarian settings
Total Spending:
$12022
Implemented by:
GOV $12022 (100%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Maternal health
Increased national capacity to deliver comprehensive maternal health services
Total Spending:
$114721
Implemented by:
GOV $114721 (100%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Family planning
Increased national capacity to strengthen enabling environments, increase demand for and supply of modern contraceptives and improve quality family planning services that are free of coercion, discrimination and violence
Total Spending:
$179481
Implemented by:
UNFPA $169481 (94%)
GOV $10000 (6%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Adolescents and youth
Increased priority on adolescents, especially on very young adolescent girls, in national development policies and programmes, particularly increased availability of comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health
Total Spending:
$100343
Implemented by:
UNFPA $4128 (4%)
GOV $96214 (96%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Sexuality education
Increased national capacity to design and implement community and school based comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) programmes that promote human rights and gender equality
Total Spending:
$91617
Implemented by:
UNFPA $4128 (5%)
GOV $87489 (95%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Adolescents and youth
Increased national capacity to conduct evidence-based advocacy for incorporating adolescents and youth and their human rights/needs in national laws, policies, programmes, including in humanitarian settings
Total Spending:
$8726
Implemented by:
GOV $8726 (100%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Gender equality
Advanced gender equality, women’s and girls’ empowerment, and reproductive rights, including for the most vulnerable and marginalized women, adolescents and youth
Total Spending:
$146146
Implemented by:
NGO $89575 (61%)
UNFPA $8354 (6%)
GOV $48216 (33%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Protection rights
Strengthened international and national protection systems for advancing reproductive rights, promoting gender equality and non-discrimination and addressing gender-based violence
Total Spending:
$71294
Implemented by:
NGO $71294 (100%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Civil society and rights for all
Strengthened engagement of civil society organizations to promote reproductive rights and women's empowerment, and address discrimination, including of marginalized and vulnerable groups, people living with HIV and key populations
Total Spending:
$9433
Implemented by:
UNFPA $4805 (51%)
NGO $4628 (49%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Ending harmful practices
Increased capacity to prevent gender-based violence and harmful practices and enable the delivery of multisectoral services, including in humanitarian settings
Total Spending:
$65419
Implemented by:
UNFPA $3549 (5%)
NGO $13653 (21%)
GOV $48216 (74%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Evidence-based policymaking
Strengthened national policies and international development agendas through integration of evidence-based analysis on population dynamics and their links to sustainable development, sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, HIV and gender equality
Total Spending:
$156381
Implemented by:
UNFPA $125392 (80%)
GOV $30989 (20%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Data and policies
Strengthened capacity for the formulation and implementation of rights-based policies (global, regional and country) that integrate evidence on population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health, HIV, and their links to sustainable development
Total Spending:
$57322
Implemented by:
UNFPA $57322 (100%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Data production and dissemination
Strengthened national capacity for production and dissemination of quality disaggregated data on population and development issues that allows for mapping of demographic disparities and socio-economic inequalities, and for programming in humanitarian settings
Total Spending:
$99058
Implemented by:
UNFPA $68070 (69%)
GOV $30989 (31%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Organizational effectiveness
Organizational effectiveness and efficiency
Total Spending:
$24973
Implemented by:
UNFPA $24973 (100%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)
Programme effectiveness
Enhanced programme effectiveness by improving quality assurance, monitoring, and evaluation
Total Spending:
$24973
Implemented by:
UNFPA $24973 (100%)
Funded by:
Core Resources (100%)

Programme Documentation

UNFPA Bhutan Country Programme Document

CPD Bhutan [2000-2000]
Distribution date: 18 July 2013
Cycle: 2000 - 2000

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UNDAF Bhutan [2000-2000]
Distribution date: 18 July 2013
Cycle: 2000 - 2000

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CPD Bhutan [2008-2012]
Distribution date: 24 July 2007
Cycle: 2008 - 2012

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UNFPA Bhutan United Nations Development Assistance Framework

UNDAF Bhutan [2014-2018]
Cycle: 2014 - 2018

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