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

A Broader View of Asian Poverty

Food insecurity and economic vulnerability should be included in a broader definition of poverty that could help policymakers develop more effective approaches, says new ADB report. Read More

Climate Change Threatens South Asian Growth Prospects

Droughts, floods and extreme weather events could cost South Asian nations up to 9% of their economy every year by the end of this century, says ADB report. Read More

Melting Glaciers, Climate Extremes Threaten Bhutan’s Future

Melting glaciers and other climate change-linked extremes could cause annual losses of over 6% of GDP for Bhutan’s economy by the end of this century, says an ADB report. Read More


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