20th by 2020: Bhutan’s Drive for Improved Governance

Bhutan has made impressive gains in social, economic, and political development over the years. Its unique approach to progress, expressed in the philosophy of Gross National Happiness, demonstrates the country's commitment to a model of development going beyond mere economic growth. Read More

Developing Asia Fastest Growing Region

Developing Asia remains the fastest growing region globally despite slower-than-expected growth in major industrial countries as key economies move ahead with structural reforms, says a new ADB report. Read More

Prime Minister of Bhutan Visits ADB

President Nakao met with Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay at ADB in Manila, celebrating a partnership that has led to near-universal electrification and extensive road construction in the country. Read More

Bhutan Gains Ground on Gender Equality, but Challenges Remain in Key Areas

Bhutan’s drive for gender equality has made good headway in recent decades, but the country’s women still lag men in many areas, including in tertiary education, employment, and leadership posts in government. Read More

Overview

ADB has partnered with the Government of Bhutan since 1982, and today it is the country's largest multilateral development partner. ADB has maintained close cooperation with other multilateral and bilateral funding agencies, as well as civil society organizations, to strengthen the effectiveness, quality, and sustainability of assistance. The new resident mission in Bhutan is expected to further enhance aid coordination.

ADB will assist the government in achieving the goal of its 11th Five-Year Plan (2013-2018) - self-reliance and inclusive green socioeconomic development - by focusing on the complementary strategic agenda under Strategy 2020, ADB's long-term strategic framework.

Fast Facts

0.73 (2013)
Population in millions

1.8% (2008-2013)
Average annual population growth rate

12.0% (2012)
Population living below the national poverty line

ADB Lending

Amount ($M) / %
Sector (No. of loans)
7.78 / 1.64
Agriculture (2)
 
14.13 / 2.98
Education (2)
 
192.77 / 40.68
Energy (8)
 
23.50 / 4.96
Finance (5)
 
10.00 / 2.11
Health (1)
 
27.82 / 5.87
Industry and Trade (5)
 
32.27 / 6.81
Multisector (3)
 
35.00 / 7.39
Public Sector (2)
 
96.98 / 20.47
Transport and ICT (7)
 
33.60 / 7.09
Water Supply (3)
 
473.85 / 100.00
TOTAL (38)
Cumulative as of 31 December 2013