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Integration of Gross National Happiness (GNH) indicators in the national planning and M&E system - GAP
Bhutan has made impressive political and administrative reform progress over the last two years as part of its gradual transformation embracing core democratic principles. The democratization process has ushered further commitment to development processes and strengthened its approach to achieving Gross National Happiness (GNH), the country's predominant development philosophy, by securing a harmonious balance between physical, social, spiritual, psychological and cultural well-being of the individual and society.
The concept of GNH initially expounded through the four pillars of 1) good governance, 2) equitable and balanced socio-economic development, 3) preservation of cultural heritage, and 4) conservation of the natural environment has been broadened into nine domains of 1) good governance, 2) psychological wellbeing, 3) time use, 4) community vitality, 5) health, 6) education, 7) culture, 8) living standards, and 9) ecological diversity and resilience for the construction of indicators for the GNH Index. Consideration of all nine domains into development process is crucial in promoting good governance and enhancing wellbeing of the Bhutanese people.
The project supports the integration of the GNH indicators into the national planning and monitoring mechanism (PLaMS) aligning the Royal Government's 10th Five Year Plan (2008-2013) with the GNH and the MDGs in addition to providing a good governance framework for the country.Project details
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