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Partnership Support Programmes

Danish development cooperation with Bhutan was initiated in 1978, and in 1989 Bhutan was chosen as a Programme Cooperation country. Denmark is currently supporting a number of development programmes, which you can read more about on the following pages.Denmark has for many years been one of the largest development partners to Bhutan. Bhutan was chosen as a Programme Cooperation country for Danish development asssistance because of the demonstrated commitment and capacity of the Royal Government of Bhutan to utilise Danish assistance to overcome the country's development challenges.The Danish Partnership Strategy is aligned with Bhutan's 10th Five-Year Plan (2008 - 2013). The strategy is the last full-fledged programme support strategy followed by a gradual phasing out to ensure sustainability. The overall objective of the partnership is poverty reduction through the promotion of sustainable socio-economic development, strengthening of private sector, democratisation and good governance, gender equality and human rights.The Danish development support ends in June 2015. After 2015, the cooperation guided by the Framework will cover areas such as politics, culture, research, business and environment.