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

Publication | September 2014

The drive for good governance in Bhutan has been a consistent and well-supported development objective of the government. The work of the Royal Audit Authority and the Anti-Corruption Commission is testimony to this commitment.

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Bhutan has made impressive gains in social, economic, and political development over the years. Its unique approach to progress, encapsulated in the philosophy of Gross National Happiness, serves as an anchor for sustained efforts at holistic development.

To improve further, four areas remain key:

  • mainstreaming ethics and a value-based system in the broader social fabric;
  • strengthening service delivery mechanisms, particularly at the local level;
  • further simplifying the regulatory regime, including facilitating the ease of doing business, and tackling challenges in procurement processes; and
  • further strengthening the institutional capacity to reach out to the local level through a regional presence.

This book tells the story of the work of the Royal Audit Authority and the Anti-Corruption Commission on good governance in Bhutan, focusing on how these two institutions have gone about their work, and how they could do even better.


  • Message from the Honorable Prime Minister
  • Foreword from the Director General
  • Executive Summary
  • Bhutan’s Impressive Transformation
  • Two Relevant Issues
  • The Institutions at the Vanguard
  • The Future: Getting to 20th
  • Annex: From the Frontline

Additional Details

  • Governance and public sector management
  • Anticorruption
  • Bhutan
  • 86
  • BKK146766-2
  • 978-92-9254-620-5 (print)
  • 978-92-9254-621-2 (electronic)

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