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Bhutan Development Cooperation Factsheet

May 2023

Estimated Australian ODA: 2023-24: $4.9 mil
Gross National Income Per Capita: US3,040 (2021)
Population: 777,486 (2021)

Australian ODA 2021-22 Actual ($m)* 2022-23 Budget Estimate ($m)* 2023-24 Budget Estimate ($m)*
Country Programs 1.0 2.1 2.1
Regional 2.2 3.4 2.6
Global 0.4 0.2 0.3
Other Government Departments - - -
Total Aust. ODA to Bhutan 3.6 5.7 4.9

*Due to rounding, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items in totals.

Australian ODA to Bhutan by Sector Group 2023-24 Budget Estimate. 3% Economic Infrastructure and Services. 1% Agriculture, Trade and Other Production Sectors. 2% Governance. 75% Education. 19% Health. 0.1% Humanitarian. 0.1% Multisector and General Development Support.

Australia is supporting Bhutan to meet its sustainable development challenges by helping build human resources and institutional capacity. Australia is a modest but highly regarded donor to Bhutan.

Strategic direction

In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, Australia's development cooperation program in Bhutan aims to: 

  • build human capacity through the provision of Australia Award scholarships and fellowships.
  • support gender equality, women's empowerment and action on climate change through advocacy and institutional strengthening efforts with the World Bank and International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Program highlights

  • A total of 20 Australia Awards Scholarships were offered to Bhutanese including 9 women for 2022 and 2023 intakes to undertake studies in the fields of education, governance, and infrastructure. We have also offered one business acceleration for entrepreneurs short course in 2022-23.
  • We are partnered with the World Bank to build skills and employment opportunities in green jobs and encourage entrepreneurship in agri-business.
  • We worked with International Planned Parenthood Federation to improve gender equality, strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights, and address gender-based violence.
  • Our work with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development assisted upper-mountain communities to adapt to climate change.


Priority Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goal 1, No poverty.
Sustainable Development Goal 4, Quality Education. 
Sustainable Development Goal 5, Gender Equality.
Sustainable Development Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Sustainable Development Goal 10, Reduced inequalities.
Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Below Water.
Sustainable Development Goal 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Sustainable Development Goal 17, Partnerships for the goals.
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