Bhutan and ADB
In the Spotlight
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Stories of perseverance, determination and hard work from a remote island in the Maldives archipelago, a village nestled in Bhutan's Himalayas region, and the post conflict districts in the North of Sri Lanka, are brought together by ADB's vision of a poverty-free Asia.
The small South Asian nation of Bhutan has for decades undertaken a bold experiment to measure development progress by the happiness of its citizens, rather than by their wealth, according to the Asian Development Bank report, The Experience of Gross National Happiness as Development Framework.
This country brief highlights how ADB operations have helped support Bhutan’s efforts in advancing socioeconomic development.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country that banks on the generation of hydropower to boost its economy. Hydropower contributes about a fifth of the gross domestic product.
Bhutan has achieved exceptional economic growth over the past 3 decades. Significant achievements in social development have also been made in recent years, with the number of poor approximately halved between 2007 and 2012. Despite notable socioeconomic progress, however, the challenge remains for Bhutan to expand its economic base and make its growth more inclusive, especially for unemployed youth and women.
Under the country partnership strategy, 2014-2018, ADB assists the government in achieving self-reliance and inclusive and green socioeconomic development, as well as enhance cooperation with its neighbors.