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The lack of harmonization of statistics is one of the biggest obstacles preventing the strengthening of evidence-based decision making in Bhutan. This includes: collection, compilation, analysis and use of disaggregated data and information for decision making and informing the design and implementation of policies, plans and programmes. It is critical to ensure that institutional and technical capacity of data management – collection and analysis – usage (dissemination) of population dynamics is further strengthened both at national and sub-national levels.

UNFPA Responses:

  • Supported the first Housing and Population census 2005 of Bhutan in accordance to UN standards and definitions and National Health Survey 2012 which contributed to increase availability of high quality disaggregated data on population, reproductive health and gender issues for policy formulation, planning, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Strengthen capacity of government to generate reliable population data through censuses and surveys.
  • Support to strengthen national capacity to analyze and use population dynamics – size and location of population; the age structure; the makeup of households; and their mobility patterns in order to plan and invest for development, both at national and sub-national.
  • Drafting of National Population Policy to provide policy guidance on changing population trends and to track the emerging issues that impacts development.
  • Supported institutionalization of Population and Development studies at Sherubtse College and continue to partner to institutionalize social research as an extended programme of the population and development studies.
  • Support strengthening sub-national level data base management system including population data ecosystem;
  • Support to upcoming Housing and population census for Bhutan.