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ADB has supported Bhutan through various programs since 1982, with strong emphasis on renewable energy production, transport connectivity, and key urban infrastructure projects.

In the Spotlight

Project Result / Case Study

Health Sector Development In Bhutan: Improving Disease Detection

The Health Sector Development Program, supported by the ADF facility and additional ADF grant funding for a total of $20 million, is improving primary health care delivery and information systems. It is also upgrading the country’s disease surveillance systems and policies to help Bhutan and the region prepare for and manage pandemics.


The Demographic Dividend in Bhutan: Taking Advantage of Transition

This policy brief discusses how Bhutan can maximize the benefits of its demographic transition, which is providing a larger working-age population and a lower dependency burden.

Project Result / Case Study

Climate Change and Disasters: Protecting Townships in Bhutan

A major focus of the Phuentsholing Township Development Project is to provide a safer space in which the town can grow by helping develop a new urban center with raised ground levels in an area sheltered by the embankments.

Op-Ed / Opinion

Helping Bhutan’s SMEs is Critical for Women Empowerment - Ingrid van Wees

Strengthening Bhutan’s SMEs is critical in helping women empowerment in the country. In 2016, 36% of the registered micro, small and medium enterprises were owned and managed by women. With a female-to-male labor force ratio of 59%, Bhutan’s economic future is tied to the ability of women to seize and expand opportunities in the marketplace.

Economic Forecast

Growth slipped for a second year running as construction at hydropower projects slowed and low water temporarily undermined electric power generation. Inflation trended downward with declines in import prices, and the current account deficit narrowed on stronger exports.

The outlook is for growth to strengthen moderately. With the country’s expected graduation from least-developed status, the government plans reform to strengthen domestic resources toward better funding development.

Poverty in Bhutan

Development indicators for Bhutan, including a selection of economic, environmental, and social indicators used globally to track progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.

Results of ADB-Supported Operations, 2010-2018

Results achieved are aggregate amounts of outputs and outcomes from operations reported in project completion reports and extended annual review reports circulated for the year.

Projects Cofinanced, 2014-2018

Cofinancing operations enable ADB’s financing partners, governments or their agencies, multilateral financing institutions, and commercial organizations to participate in financing ADB projects. Additional funds are provided in the form of official loans and grants, technical assistance, other concessional financing, and commercial cofinancing such as B loans, risk transfer arrangements, parallel loans and equity, guarantee cofinancing, and cofinancing for transactions under ADB’s Trade Finance Program.

Project Performance, 2000-2018

ADB Projects in Bhutan

Project Results


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.

Project Result / Case Study

Upcoming Hydropower Plant Already Helping Families in Bhutan

Due to become operational in mid 2014, the Dagachhu Hydropower Plant in southwestern Bhutan is already boosting incomes and providing opportunities for communities in the area.

Project Result / Case Study

Bhutan Hydropower Plant to Avoid Fossil Fuel Emissions, Earn Carbon Credits

In Bhutan's Dagana District, the 126 megawatt Dagachhu Hydropower Plant is contributing to environmentally sustainable development both at home and abroad.


27 Nov 2019 | News from Country Offices

ADB Program Supports Financial Inclusion, Private Sector Development in Bhutan

ADB has approved a $30 million policy-based loan for the first subprogram of the Financial Market Development Program  to support ongoing efforts by the Government of Bhutan to develop the country’s finance sector, which...

20 Nov 2019 | News from Country Offices

ADB Cohosts Forum Promoting Women in South Asia Energy Industry

ADB is hosting at its Manila headquarters the second in a series of partnership forums for a new professional network founded by the World Bank to promote more female practitioners in South Asia’s energy and power sector.

13 Sep 2019 | News from Country Offices

ADB's New 5-Year Partnership Strategy to Expand Economy, Reduce Inequality in Bhutan

ADB has endorsed a new 5-year country partnership strategy for Bhutan, which focuses on helping the country achieve inclusive and sustainable growth through economic reforms, improved connectivity and infrastructure, and better...

16 Apr 2019 | News from Country Offices

Bhutan's Economy to Moderately Grow in 2019 and 2020 on Strong Hydropower and Tourism Outlooks — ADB

Economic growth in Bhutan is forecast to strengthen moderately, buoyed by the industry and services sectors, according to a new ADB report.


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