Bhutan and ADB

In the Spotlight

  • ADB to Finance Second Hydropower Plant in Bhutan

    ADB will provide $120.5 million in loans and grants to build a run-of-the-river 118-megawatt hydropower plant in central Bhutan though a public-private partnership. Clean power generated by the plant will be sold to India and in doing so, will help reduce carbon emissions.

  • Vision of a Sustainable Future for Bhutan

    Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay discusses the development challenges facing his country.

  • 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.

  • Bringing Power to Bhutan's Villages and Beyond

    An ADB-supported project in Bhutan has brought electricity to the country's poor and will earn revenues for the government from exporting electricity to India.


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.

Under the country partnership strategy, 2014-2018, ADB will assist the government in achieving self-reliance and inclusive and green socioeconomic development, as well as enhance cooperation with its neighbors.

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0.73(2013) Population in millions

1.8%(2008-2013) Average annual population growth

12.0(2012) Population living below the national poverty line

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