WFP Bhutan: Country Brief, October 2018

Situation Report
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In Numbers

838 mt of food assistance distributed

WFP Bhutan’s operations are fully funded for 2018, thanks to the generous contributions of our partners.

13,897 school children assisted in October 2018

Operational Updates

  • WFP Bhutan has developed the Bhutan Country Strategic Plan (2019-2023) following a series of consultations with partners. The CSP is submitted for Executive Board members comments and approval by WFP’s February 2019 Executive Board.

  • With the new CSP, WFP Bhutan will no longer provide direct implementation but instead act as an enabler, capacity builder and knowledge broker for the Royal Government of Bhutan.

  • As part of WFP Bhutan’s new role, it has, on behalf of the development partners in Bhutan, initiated the development of a national emergency preparedness action plan with the Government following the findings of the Earthquake Simulation Exercise held in June 2018.

  • WFP is in the process of contracting Durham University to build an earthquake impact model for Bhutan as part of enhancing the Government’s national disaster preparedness capacity.

  • The United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF) 2019-2023 has been completed and submitted to the Government for endorsement. WFP is leading UNSDPF outcomes on setting up national rapid post-disaster needs assessment capacity; national rice fortification programme; transition of the National School Feeding Programme to a National Nutrition Programme; and strengthening national capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters.

  • WFP Bhutan is assisting the Government in accelerating digitization of monitoring and reporting systems and management information systems to reduce labour-intensive analogue systems, increase cost-efficiencies and close the learning loop. A realtime, integrated school-based nutrition, health and education monitoring and reporting system, using the Mobile Data Collection and Analytics (MDCA) platform, has been piloted in two districts. Training for roll-out to the whole country in 2019 has started.