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UNDP started its assistance programme in Bhutan in 1973, and established the country office in 1979. In Bhutan, the foundation of UNDP's work is to ensure that progress is based on people - on their needs, their efforts and their rights. The Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA), which the Royal Government of Bhutan and UNDP signed on 14 July 1978 governs UNDP assistance to the country. UNDP mobilizes and coordinates support from other partners and pilots new solutions that can be replicated. UNDP offers a global network from where Bhutan draws upon for ideas and resources. The GNH Commission which is the main coordinating agency for aid coordination in the country including the formulation of national development plans, policies and programmes is the national collaborating partner for the UN/UNDP in Bhutan.
UNDP in Bhutan is led by the Resident Representative who also acts as the Resident Coordinator of the UN Country Team in Bhutan. A Deputy Resident Representative oversees the day-to-day management of the UNDP Bhutan Country Office based on delegated authority. He/she is assisted in this task by 4 Assistant Resident Representatives (Programme and Operations).
UNDP activities in Bhutan fall within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is derived from the 2006 Common Country Assessment (CCA), the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2008-2012. The Country Programme Document (CPD) for the period 2008-2012 is derived from the 2006 CCA, the UNDAF (2008-2012) and UNDP’s Multi-Year Funding Framework (MYFF). All activities are nationally owned and implemented by national partners.
Accordingly, our assistance, with a cross cutting emphasis on gender mainstreaming, is focused mainly in the areas of
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