Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative : a Model of Integrated Ecologically-friendly Development

The Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative is a civil society project in southeastern Bhutan designed to foster ecologically friendly development in harmony with Bhutan's holistic philosophy, which endeavors to integrate social, economic, cultural and environmental objectives. The purpose of the Initiative is to raise living standards in Samdrup Jongkhar province beginning with food security and food self-sufficiency, while fully protecting and enhancing the natural environment; strengthening communities and stemming the rural-urban tide; and fostering a cooperative, productive, entrepreneurial and self-reliant spirit that will break the culture of dependence and endemic poverty that have characterized the region. Researchers will profile existing conditions in Samdrup Jongkhar; pilot, test and evaluate local participatory development initiatives; and finalize a development strategy and action plan for the region.

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Start Date

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

End Date

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

Marchetti, Loredana

Total funding

CA$ 462,000


Bhutan, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Foundations for Innovation

Project Leader

Ronald Colman


Genuine Progress Index Atlantic Society

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